Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color

Site profile:

The Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color (PNMGC) is a student based organization that is working to build community among historically underrepresented groups in graduate school.

The PNMGC aims to increase the retention of students of color through providing academic, social, cultural and emotional support, and to ultimately build a more diverse population within the University of New Mexico graduate and professional programs.

The PNMGC was founded during the 2002-03 academic year by a group of UNM graduate students who recognized the need for an organization that could provide them with the many levels of support they needed.

Scope of work:

The Project For New Mexico Graduates of Color (PNMGC) is a student initiative under the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS), funded by the Student Fees Review Board (SFRB) for the 2003 – 04 academic year. The PNMGC is governed by a Steering Committee made up of at least five graduate students, a faculty member, and an OGS representative. As a graduate student led organization, the PNMGC Steering Committee will maintain a student majority at all times. The Steering Committee’s regular meetings are always open to student input. SFRB funding has enabled the start-up of the program, including the employment of two Graduate Project Assistants (PA’s) who manage the mentoring program. Additionally, the role of the PA’s is to assist mentors and mentees throughout the year through regular communication and at ongoing PNMGC events.

Other special programming includes; undergraduate outreach initiatives, dissertation, thesis and comps workshops, monthly social hours, monthly brown bag lunches, end of the year social event and the sponsoring and promotion of cultural events.