Students Inspiring Change: A Look Back on Student Activism

By Edgar Gonzalez, Staff Reporter

CNM is hosting “Students Inspiring Change: A Look Back on Student Activism” on Feb. 25 2016 from 3-5pm in SRC 204 (Barr Boardroom).

It will be sponsored by the Executive Council of Students who are funding the refreshments and the publicity, said Ari Rosner-Salazar, Center for Student Success Team Leader.

“There have been a lot of things happening this past year like the situation in the University of Missouri and the Black Lives Matter movement and we are trying to explore a connection between them and the 1960s civil rights movement,” Rosner-Salazar said.

This event is open to CNM students, faculty and staff, and community members, he said.

We are estimating a large group and we believe that will help us to do a similar application next year, Rosner-Salazar said.

When people first get in the event there will be a check-in section, he said.

Check-in is important to show the Executive Council of Students how many CNM students participated and that the money was well spent, he said.

“We will introduce the event, the moderator and the panel,” he said.

There will be a moderated conversation that shows part of a clip followed by a reaction and discussion about it, he said.

The moderator is Mable Orndorff-Plunkett, a community member who graciously volunteered and has a lot of experience moderating, he said.

There will also be an African dance performance by UNM faculty member Rujeko Dumbutshena, who teaches African dance, for about ten minutes after the conversation, he said.

“At some point we will probably ask people who participated in the 1960’s civil rights movement to stand and be recognized,” he said.

Some of these conversations can be a little difficult and at the very least emotional, Rosner-Salazar said.

“We are also going to make sure that we keep this a safe conversation, so people will not be yelling at each other or doing any other similar actions,” he said.

If anyone needs to talk or process things more, they will have the contact information for CNM’s licensed counselor Mary Guild as well, he said.

If there are any students out there interested in starting a black history month club or a black student union or a black issues discussion forum the staff who are in the black history month committee will be more than happy to help folks do paper work and get that started, he said.

“We would really like students to take part in this event and take the lead in selecting the topics for future events,” he said.


Black History Month Events:

The Black Pacific: Music, Race, and Indigeneity in Australia and Papua New Guinea

Feb 18, 2016

2:30 p.m.

UNM Keller Hall

“The UNM Musicology Colloquium presents a public guest lecture by Dr. Gabriel Solis, professor of Music, African American studies, and Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagn.”

Cost: FREE


Contact: Dr. Ana-Alonso-Minutti ; Email:


Beginning African Dance With Rujeko + Live Drumming

Feb 21, 2016 and Feb 28, 2016

4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Feb 19, 2016 and Feb 26, 2016

5:30 p.m.

Studio Way

“An aerobic dance class to introduce participants to African dance technique while developing knowledge and appreciation of its movement and music.”

Cost: $10

Ages: 18+

Contact: Ashley ; Email: ; Phone: 5057105096


Black Lives Matter

Feb 27, 2016

12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Dennis Chavez Community Center

“Any and all are invited to this powerful event. It is a celebration of life, love. Food and entertainment will be available.”

Cost: FREE, donations suggested


Contact: Krishawn Sullivin ; Email: ; Phone: 5059031688


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