Core Values & Values Champion Awards

CNM strengthens the community through our value-based approach to education. The Values Champion Awards celebrates the CNM employees who best demonstrate these values.

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Values Champion Awards

Nominate your peers who demonstrate CNM's Core Values.

Nominate an Individual

Nominate a Group or Department

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A Values Champion Team will review all nominations, and identify one recipient for each of our six values.

Values Champions


To promote awareness of, pride in, and a sense of connection with CNM's Core Values, we celebrate our employees who live the values through the CNM Values Champion Awards.

Nominees and their nominators will be invited to a celebratory luncheon held each semester with members of the College’s leadership. All nominees will receive a magnet and sticker to display in their work areas. In addition, the six employees receiving awards each semester will be profiled in NewsLink. 

Managers of the employees nominated will be informed of the nominations and encouraged to recognize nominees within their own teams.

2021 CNM Spring Values Champion Awards Celebration

CNM hosted the 2021 CNM Spring Values Champion Awards - Virtual Celebration on Zoom Thursday, May 13

Be Caring

"Caring about others, running the risk of feeling, and leaving an impact on people, brings happiness."
  Harold Kushner 

Create a nurturing, respectful, and trusting environment of growth and development.

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  • Treat others with courtesy and compassion, and respect differences.
  • Engage in active listening.
  • Behave in an approachable, responsive, and thoughtful manner.
  • Nurture positive and diverse relationships. 

Be Connected

"Whatever affects one directly affects us all indirectly."
― Martin Luther King Jr.

Engage and collaborate with each other and our communities by being agile and responsive.

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  • Collaborate to build partnerships and seize opportunities.
  • Anticipate and respond with a sense of urgency to stakeholder needs.
  • Understand and respect how our actions impact others.
  • Engage in the advancement of the college. 

Be Courageous

“Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can't practice any other virtue consistently.” 
― Maya Angelou

Boldly seek, face, and address challenges.

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  • Embrace change and drive results.
  • Take initiative and welcome opportunities.
  • Create innovative and extraordinary experiences.
  • Strive to be fearless.

Be Ethical

"Relativity applies to physics, not ethics."
 Albert Einstein

Behave with unwavering integrity.

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  • Operate in a trustworthy, honest, responsible, reliable, transparent manner.
  • Hold ourselves and others accountable.
  • Follow through on commitments and keep promises.
  • Own mistakes and learn from them.
  • Safeguard confidentiality and privacy.

Be Exceptional

"You are not lucky to be here. The world needs your perspective. They are lucky to have you.”
 Antonio Tijerino

Surpass expectations in everything we do.

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  • Focus relentlessly to improve achievement and learning for all students.
  • Delight customers by exceeding expectations.
  • Act as a steward of our organization’s reputation and resources to ensure sustainability.
  • Pursue excellence with no tolerance for mediocrity. 

Be Inspiring

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
 Eleanor Roosevelt

Create opportunities through actions that build hope, aspiration, and positive change.

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  • Visualize the impossible and see it as possible.
  • Demonstrate positivity and enthusiasm.
  • Celebrate success.
  • Encourage others to learn, develop, and grow.
  • Lead by example; everyone is a leader.