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Current Issue:  April 22, 2002
Volume 37, Number 19

Forums set for special assistant on diversity

Open forums have been scheduled for three finalists for the position of special assistant to the president for diversity initiatives at UNM.

The position reports directly to the president and the individual selected will direct and coordinate the University’s strategic diversity initiatives, including recruitment and retention efforts for women and minorities in underutilized faculty and staff job categories. The individual will provide guidance to the president, vice presidents and other campus constituencies on all matters relating to diversity.

“We had an outstanding pool of applicants for this position, and the three individuals being interviewed are all very strong candidates,” said UNM President William Gordon.

Each of the three finalists will participate in two open forums on the respective day of their visit. The finalists and the dates, times and locations of their open forums are as follows:

—Robert Ibarra is emeritus assistant vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he served in that capacity from 1995 to 2001. His open forum for faculty, staff and students is scheduled from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, in Room 318 of Dane Smith Hall. This will be followed by his open forum for the community, from 3:45 to 4:45 in the UNM Continuing Education Auditorium, 1634 University Blvd.

—Rubén O. Martinez is currently a visiting professor with the Metropolitan Research and Policy Institute/Department of Sociology, University of Texas, San Antonio, Downtown Campus. His open forum for faculty, staff and students is scheduled for 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 2, in Room 318 of Dane Smith Hall. This will be followed by his open forum for the community, from 3:45 to 4:45 in the UNM Continuing Education Auditorium, 1634 University Blvd. NE.

—Berlinda Baca has worked as a liaison with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Hispanic Serving Institutions National Program since September of 2000. Her open forum for faculty, staff and students is scheduled for 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the Kiva Auditorium on the UNM campus. This will be followed by her open forum for the community, from 3:45 to 4:45, also in the Kiva Auditorium.

Ibarra served as dean-in-residence, Council of Graduate Schools, Washington, D.C., in 1994-95. From 1989 to 1997, he was assistant dean for The Graduate School, University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he served as assistant dean for the College of Letters and Science from 1986-89. In 1985-86, he was a legislative assistant for the Wisconsin State Senate; in 1984-85, was an equal rights officer for the Wisconsin State Personnel System; in 1983-84, was an employment opportunity specialist for the Wisconsin State Division of Affirmative Action; and in 1969-71, as an administrator for the Mexican-American Migrant and Bi-lingual Education Programs, Community Consolidated School District No. 59, Arlington Heights, IL.

Ibarra earned his Ph.D. in 1976 and his master of arts degree in 1972, both in social/cultural anthropology, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in 1969 in Sociology and Anthropology from Northern Illinois University.

Baca, who is from Los Lunas, NM, previously served as an outreach specialist with the USDA, Foreign Agricultural Service, from 1998 to 1999, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Agriculture. In 1996-97, she was a business advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, Free Market Development Advisors Program. She previously served as an insurance management specialist with the USDA, Federal Crop Insurance Corp., in 1991-92; and as a grain marketing specialist with the USDA Federal Grain Inspection Service, from 1988 to 1991.

Baca earned her master’s degree in business administration from UNM in 1999 and her bachelor’s degree in management and Spanish from New Mexico Highlands University in 1988.

Martinez served as associate provost, University of Southern Colorado, from 1997-01; He also held a variety of positions at Colorado University (CU), Colorado Springs, including assistant vice chancellor for Academic and Multicultural Affairs, 1995-97, chair of Ethnic Minority Studies, 1995-96, chair of the Department of Sociology, 1991-94, co-director of the Minority Graduate Education Opportunity Program, 1989-90; coordinator of the Graduate Program, 1984-89; and, interim director of the University Learning Center, 1988.

Martinez earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Riverside, 1984; his master of arts degree in sociology from Arizona State University, 1978; and his bachelor of science degree in behavioral science from the University of Southern Colorado in 1976.