Keynote Speakers

Check out our exciting lineup for the 2021 Diversity Summit. Click on each name to view bios and description of presentations.

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Assata Zerai
VP, Division for Equity and Inclusion; Professor, Sociology
University of New Mexico-Main Campus

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Gregory Smith
Vice President for Law Enforcement Education and Director of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA)

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Dominic Cappello
Co-Directors, Anna, Age Eight Institute
New Mexico State University, Cooperative Extension

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Katherine Ortega Courtney, PhD
Co-Directors, Anna, Age Eight Institute
New Mexico State University, Cooperative Extension


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Sandra K. Begay
Board of Regents Member
University of New Mexico-Main Campus


Presenters/Speakers

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Christopher Dyer
Professor of Anthropology
University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus

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Jon Saatvedt
Visiting Lecturer
University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus

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Sarah Llanque
Assistant Professor of Nursing
University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus


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Cecille Perales
Nursing Lecturer
University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus

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Lowell Bautista
Assistant Professor of Nursing
University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus

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John White
Math Education Specialist
University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus


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Nancy López
Associate VP, Division for Equity and Inclusion; Professor, Sociology
University of New Mexico-Main Campus

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Shawn Secatero
Associate Professor
University of New Mexico-Main Campus

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Robert Hunter
Chief Educational Officer
Middle College High School (Gallup)


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Tracy Lassiter
Assistant Professor of English
University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus

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Julia Wai-Yin So
Associate Professor, Sociology
University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus

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sj Miller
Associate Professor of Teacher Education
Santa Fe Community College

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Amir Hedayati
Assistant Professor, OILS
University of New Mexico-Main Campus

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Heather Sweetser
Arabic Senior Lecturer
University of New Mexico-Main Campus

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Soledad Garcia-King
Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
University of New Mexico-Valencia Campus

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Charles Aguirre
Student Body President
University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus

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Stephanie M. Sánchez
Associate Director
UNM Center for Teaching and Learning

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Kelleen Maluski
Student Success & Engagement Librarian and Associate Director at the Center for Teaching and Learning
UNM HSC and UNM

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Liliana De La Garza
Principal
Alta Vista Early College High School - Gadsden ISD

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Carlos Lopez Leiva
Associate Professor
University of New Mexico-Main Campus

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Anita Antoninka
Assistant Research Professor
Northern Arizona University

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Catherine Propper
Professor
Northern Arizona University

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Turquoise “Chenoa” Velarde
Student Programs Specialist
University of New Mexico-Taos Campus

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Melissa Johnson
Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Clovis Community College

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Brittany Babycos
Sr. Institutional Researcher
University of New Mexico-Gallup Campus

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Shiv Desai
Associate Professor
University of New Mexico-Main Campus

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Perphelia Fowler
HR Director
Navajo Nation

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Reid Wessels
Head of School
THE MASTERS Program (TMP)

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Eric Romero
Faculty/ Interim Chair: Department of Languages and Culture
New Mexico Highlands University

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Rebecca Maldonado Moore
Professor
New Mexico Highlands University

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Adrian I. Sandoval
Director, Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations
New Mexico Highlands University