From the President’s Activity Report (October 1-7)

Office of the Dean

  • The HSS Student Ambassadors and members of the College Student Council became Homecoming champions last week for the second year in a row! The students participated in four events during the week including donating silent auction items, participating in the “car tagging” competition, decorating the Dean’s office door and building a float for the Homecoming Parade.  All their hard work paid off, and they were excited to learn they earned first place in their division.  Awesome job, CHSS students!


  • The 3rd Annual Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research (SWIHDR) conference was held on Friday, September 30 in Domenici Hall. The conference welcomed over 325 participants including students, faculty from six NMSU colleges and neighboring universities in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, Baja, CA, Chihuahua and Coahuila in Mexico. Also in attendance were local healthcare and services providers, leaders from community organizations, health officials from New Mexico, representatives from the Center for Disease Control and the Secretariat of Health in Mexico. The conference sessions focused on interesting topics such as Zika virus prevention, mental health and reproductive justice in the border region. The bi-national conference provided a forum for experts and novices from both sides of the border to exchange information and work together toward health equity in the region.

Department of Public Health

  • Joe Tomaka, Director of Crimson Research, Michele Banner, Lead Evaluator and Evaluator Chris Spurny conducted a two-hour workshop in conjunction with the 3rd Annual Southwest Institute for Health Disparities Research conference on Friday, September 30th. The workshop, Program Evaluation for Community Agencies, assisted local community agencies build capacity for conducing evaluation of their own programmatic activities.
  • Clara Reyes, Masters of Public Health student, and Lauren Freeman, Masters of Public Health and Social Work student earned second place in the poster competition at the 3rd Annual Southwest Institute of Health Disparities Research (SWIHDR) conference for their project, Cultural Tailoring the Enhancing Connections Program for Hispanic Mothers Diagnosed with Cancer in the Border Region.


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