The Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color (PNMGC) was founded during the 2002 - 03 academic year by a group of UNM graduate students who recognized the need for an organization that could provide them with the many levels of support they needed. PNMGC is a student based organization that is working to build community among historically underrepresented groups in the University of New Mexico. The PNMGC aims to increase the retention of students of color through academic, social, cultural and emotional support, and to ultimately build a more diverse population within the University of New Mexico graduate and professional programs.
The Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color (PNMGC) is a student initiative under the Office of Graduate Studies (OGS), funded by the Student Fees Review Board (SFRB). PNMGC is governed by a student-comprised Steering Committee, and employs Project Assistants who carry out the mission of the program.
In academia, mentoring has been a way for the experienced to guide the less experienced, and to improve student retention and graduation rates, as well as enrich the academic experience. Mentors can take on the role of a confidant, advisor, role model, guide, coach, friend or teacher. The act of mentoring is another way of facilitating student success, by offering support and guidance within an academic setting. To participate in PNMGC’s Peer Mentoring Program, please fill out the appropriate applications (link below). If you wish to be both a mentee and mentor, please fill out both applications. Once the application(s) are completed, the PNMGC office will match you with a mentor or mentee based upon your expressed preferences (i.e. native language, academic major, gender, ethnicity, etc.). Mentors and mentees are required to attend a mentorship orientation, maintain regular meetings with one another, and to attend monthly PNMGC Mentorship Meetings.
To sign up as a mentor, please follow this link.
To sign up as a mentee, please follow this link.
Each semester, PNMGC offers various events, presentations, and roundtables that focus on our four strategic areas:
For our Fall 2012 Calendar of Events, Pleaes follow this Link
While our organization began with a focus on peer mentoring of students of color within graduate programs, PNMGC has broadened our sights to include social, academic, leadership, and mentorship programming directed toward not only students of color, but international students, the LGBTQ community, and others who are underrepresented in their fields. PNMGC provides a space for students to engage in the multi-cultural environment of the University of New Mexico. We recognize that social and cultural enrichment can help promote academic success for diverse communities. We reach out to graduates, undergraduates, faculty, and community to address the needs of students, and to facilitate the recruitment, retention, and graduation of all students. Join our organization to expand your social circle on campus, and to learn of all of the opportunities available through PNMGC!