Courageous Conversations @ CNM

Join the CNM Equity Council in a series of monthly Courageous Conversations that encourage growth in cultural competency.



Equity Co-Chairs

Jason Conner

Roberto Vasquez

The Courageous Conversations series encourages participants to self-evaluate their behaviors and contributions from a multicultural perspective. Courageous Conversations is a safe space to grow and develop an equity lens.

Courageous Conversations

Our conversations will work to increase racial knowledge, skill, and language to achieve equity in socioeconomic markers such as employment, pay, and education. Everyone (faculty, staff, students) at CNM is encouraged to participate.

CNM Equity Council is sponsoring/leading the conversations, moderated by Cathryn McGill, Founder/Director of the NM Black Leadership Council. 

What is Critical Race Theory?

September 21, 2022

It's been discussed frequently in media, but, what is Critical Race Theory (CRT) and how does it relate to education? Join us for a discussion with Alfred Dennis Mathewson, Dean Emeritus at the University of New Mexico School of Law. Dean Emeritus Mathewson brings a wealth of knowledge on the topic from his notable educational accomplishments and continued engagement in the community.

KeynoteDean Emeritus Mathewson

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How to be Antiracist

July 20, 2022

This Courageous Conversation introduces the discussion of how one can become antiracist. Participants will acquire a basic understanding of terms such as antiracism and systemic inequity and will have the opportunity to identify one thing they can do to work towards racial equality.

KeynoteDr. Lisa Cacari Stone

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Celebrating Juneteenth

June 14, 2022

CNM recognizes Juneteenth which will be observed by the college on June 20, 2022.Join us in this conversation which will be focused on providing historical and present day implications on the observance of the holiday.

KeynoteDr. Calinda Lee

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Previous Courageous Conversations

Learn about our previous Courageous Conversations and watch the recordings.

Urgency vs. Emergency: Race, Reform, Public Safety
June 23, 2021

The differences in our reactions to incidents and trends will be the focus of this opening event in the Courageous Conversations Series. We will look at local and national trends as we create a framework that allows us to co-create steps to move from talk to action, from theory to practice, and from disparity to equity. You might also describe this opening discussion as “No more Talk about it, we are poised and ready to Be about it.”

Keynote: Dr. Finnie Coleman

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Disaggregating the Hispanic Experience, Part 1
July 28, 2021

In this conversation, three expert panelists will discuss ethnicity and race as it relates to Hispanic communities at CNM and in the state of New Mexico.

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In Support of Establishing Land Acknowledgements for Native Americans
August 25, 2021

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to our Native American community. Join the CNM Native American Advisory Council (NAAC) and community leaders as they discuss an important way to recognize and acknowledge the experiences of Native Americans in New Mexico.

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Disaggregating the Hispanic Experience, Part 2
September 22, 2021

Join our three expert panelists and the CNM Hispanic Heritage Task Team as they discuss ethnicity and race as it relates to Hispanic communities at CNM and in the state of New Mexico.

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Black and Asian Communities: Small Populations, Big Contributions
October 27, 2021

Learn how Black and Asian community leaders are helping shape New Mexico. This month's panel includes: 
  • Representative Kay Bounkeua
  • Senator Harold Pope Jr.
  • Sachi Watase, NM Asian Family Center
  • Alexandria Taylor, NMCSAP & NM Black Central Organizing Committee
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Native American Heritage Month: Self Reflection
November 17, 2021

Join us as we learn more about and celebrate Native American Heritage. Watch the Recording