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Following the long tradition of faculty co-governance at UNM, the LAII relies on broadly representative committees to guide its programs.

Five committees provide guidance: the Executive Committee, the Grants and Awards Committee, the Interdisciplinary Committee on Latin American Studies, the K-12 Teacher Advisory Committee, and the Operations Committee. Appointment processes vary by committee, as outlined in our governing documents:

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of the president, vice-president, and secretary of the Faculty Concilium, six representatives elected by the Faculty Concilium, and a student member elected by SOLAS. All serve two-year terms, with the possibility of re-election. No more than four faculty members of the committee may be from any one college. Duties of the Executive Committee are to consult with and advise the LAII director regarding the mission, strategy, and priorities of the Institute, generate proposals for interdisciplinary research and outreach initiatives, and make decisions on major policy questions.

Liz Hutchison, President
Marygold Walsh-Dilley, Vice President
Honors College and Geography
Richard File-Muriel, Secretary
Spanish and Portuguese
Allison Borden, Representative
Teacher Education, Educational Leadership and Policy
Chaz William Clark, Representative
Student Organization on Latin American Studies
Margaret Jackson, Representative
Art and Art History
Carlos López Leiva, Representative
Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies
Jami Gayle Nuñez, Representative
Political Science
Loa Traxler, Representative
Jennifer Tucker, Representative
Community and Regional Planning
Natalia Vidal, Representative
ASM Organizational Studies
Ronda Brulotte, Ex-Oficio
Latin American Studies
William Stanley, Ex-Oficio
Latin American and Iberian Institute

Grants & Awards Committee

The Grants and Awards Committee consists of one representative for each department or professional program that offers a graduate concentration on Latin America or that maintains a dual degree with Latin American Studies, and a student member elected by SOLAS. Graduate units are asked to select their representatives by faculty vote. Duties of the Grants and Awards Committee are to review proposals, applications and nominations for LAII field research awards for graduate students and faculty and LAII PhD fellowships, and to oversee the award process.

William Stanley, Chair
Latin American and Iberian Institute
Ronda Brulotte
Latin American Studies
Elisa Cibils
Student Organization for Latin American Studies
Joseph Cook
Claudia Diaz Fuentes
Les Field (spring 2019)
Paul Figueroa
Frances Hayashida (fall 2018)
Chris Koops
Susana Martinez Guillem
Communication and Journalism
Michael Ryan
Eleuterio Santiago-Diaz
Spanish and Portuguese
Jennifer Tucker
Community and Regional Planning
Benjamin Warner (spring 2019)

Interdisciplinary Committee on Latin American Studies (ICLAS)

The Interdisciplinary Committee on Latin American Studies (ICLAS) is the faculty governance body of the LAS program. The committee is composed of 8 to 10 full-time faculty members appointed by the Dean of Arts and Sciences for two-year terms (which may be renewed). The Dean also appoints one graduate student representative who serves a one-year term (which may be renewed). The Associate Director of Academic Programs chairs the committee. The ICLAS Policy Manual provides more information on the structure, governance, and duties of the committee.

Ronda Brulotte, Chair
Latin American Studies
Ana Alonso-Minutti
Music/Fine Arts
Judy Bieber
Cassy Dorf
Political Science
Kimberly Gauderman
Manuel Montoya
International Management
Eva Rodríguez González
Spanish and Portuguese
Ruth Trinidad Galván
Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies
Patricia Rosas Lopátegui
Chicana/Chicano Studies
Alexandra Villegas
SOLAS Representative
Marygold Walsh-Dilley
Honors College

K-12 Teacher Advisory Committee

The LAII Teacher Advisory Committee is composed of New Mexico educators who serve the vital role of guiding LAII K-12 community education programs. Committee members assist the LAII by expressing classroom instructional needs; reviewing and evaluating existing LAII activities; and developing recommendations for enhancing and expanding resources. Given that the US Department of Education has designated the LAII as a National Resource Center, the committee has the potential for local as well as national impact.

Keira Philipp-Schnurer, Chair
Latin American and Iberian Institute
Colleen Elder
Cien Aguas International School
Corina Fraire-Duran
Cochiti Elementary School
Carolyn A. Gonzalez
Emerson Elementary School
Allison Hawks
Duranes Elementary School
Toni McRoberts
Cibola High School
Kaycie Robinson
Hoover Middle School
Maria Sheldon
Ortiz Middle School
Candice Stanford
Eugene Field Elementary School

Operations Committee

The Operations Committee consists of six or more faculty members and one student member elected by SOLAS which elects its own chair. Members are chosen by the Executive Committee from a list of individuals who volunteer or are nominated to serve for a period of one year. The purpose of this committee is to facilitate community engagement in the area of Latin American Studies via the generous funding from the state of New Mexico and the USED Title VI program. This committee receives and processes requests for funds for programs, public events, lectures and conferences. It also solicits and reviews manuscripts submitted by graduate students and faculty for the LAII Research Paper Series. Finally, the Operations Committee advises the UNM Libraries Latin American Collections and oversees the Visiting Library Researcher program funded by the Greenleaf Visiting Scholar Fund. Service on this committee offers members the opportunity to make an impact for UNM in Latin American Studies scholarship and outreach, both nationally and internationally.

Stephanie Beene
University Libraries
Allison Borden
Teacher Education, Educational Leadership and Policy
Heather Edgar
Wally Gallart
Student Organization on Latin American Studies
Miguel López
Spanish and Portuguese
Barbara Reyes
Santiago Vaquera-Vasquez
Spanish and Portuguese