statement of values

A Statement of our Values from Team Honors

We share the national anger and grief at the most recent murders of innocent people of color. We know that people of color have long been the victims of state-sanctioned violence and structural racism, and we recognize this ongoing trauma and these profound injustices along with you. Bigots choose to focus on the small things that make us different from each other, rather than on the universal qualities and aspirations that we all share, and that define our very humanity.

The Honors College has always championed mutual respect and inclusivity, and we have worked to ensure opportunity for all NMSU students. We have tried to be NMSU’s home for asking difficult questions, having complicated conversations, engaging in critical thinking, and acknowledging that learning is a lifelong process that requires self-reflection. We have always opened our doors to the curious and thoughtful, and we do so now. We want to continue learning with and from you as we focus on building a more just and equitable community.

We offer some resources that we have found valuable for continued education and engagement. Please know that even as the pandemic may limit our ability to learn together in the same physical space, we hope to continue learning together regardless of where it takes place.

Seventy years ago, anthropologist Margaret Mead said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” In this spirit, we invite you to join us, and be part of the change.

We are with you. Please be kind to each other.

 

 

Resources:

Our colleagues in Gender and Sexuality Studies have compiled a valuable list:

https://genders.nmsu.edu/solidarity/

Anti-Racism Resources (reading, suggestions):

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PrAq4iBNb4nVIcTsLcNlW8zjaQXBLkWayL8EaPlh0bc/preview?fbclid=IwAR04cFuOG4k7FliYep0PLfDJ9s7EdGtbO__sgAw7I3uRrJNvZfsqKeY5nnQ&pru=AAABcp4ljhA%2ActI5egybMlNPtAAxniqVXw

Victoria Alexander, an anti-racism researcher, has offered some valuable suggestions on Twitter and elsewhere:

https://twitter.com/victoriaalxndr

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1a-lzdtxOlWuzYNGqwlYwxMWADtZ6vJGCpKhtJHHrS54/preview?pru=AAABcp9nYpo*2PNbIgdUS21j_t1oazpEcA

The Michigan League for Public Policy’s 21-Day curriculum for learning about racism:

https://mlpp.org/21-day-racial-equity-challenge/?fbclid=IwAR19J2UzUzonO4I–JKauxSLxrPuxB59EwPJKohEQKhGD1ujmo5lmpQ-QEY#1563823093249-5dfc2e4b-00ef