PORTALES, NM (03/08/2018) Three students from Eastern New Mexico University's Office of Multicultural Affairs attended the National Student Leadership Diversity Convention (NSLDC) in New Orleans on Feb. 9-10. NSLDC is the largest national gathering of student leaders and campus-based advisors to address the topics of diversity and social justice.
Diana Cordova, director of Multicultural Affairs, helped ENMU students Annabel Jauregui, Kaitlyn Bigham and Anna George prepare for the convention. She assisted them with writing a bill to present to the Associated Students of Eastern New Mexico University (ASENMU). ASENMU approved most of the amount and helped fund their trip to NSLDC.
Diana saw that there were many workshops at the convention that would be beneficial for her students to attend, including "The Role of Identity in Social Justice," "Facilitation Skills for Group Dialogue," "Gender Identity and Expression," "Black Lives Matter? Perceptions vs. Reality," "The Immigration Experience" and "No More Drama: Managing Conflict Effectively on Campus".
She thought NSLDC "fit perfectly" with Multicultural Affairs' mission: "At ENMU, we are committed to the belief that a rich multicultural environment enhances University academic and social life."
The three students will be giving a workshop on campus on April 2 at 7 p.m. in the Sandia Room in the Campus Union related to the "Role of Identity" session they attended at NSLDC. Diana says that attendees of the ENMU students' workshop will "experience an illuminating approach to communicating with each other about the multiple aspects of identity while being listened to with compassion and respect."