Project Lead

Shaikh is a dual-degree student in the MPA and MS-ISA programs. He received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Sustainability Studies at UNM. He is currently working as the Project-Lead for Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color (PNMGC) and would like to become a renowned Philanthropist someday. He held multiple administrative positions like GPSA Lobby Chair and founding member of the Association for Sustainability at UNM. He is motivated to accentuate and enhance the rights of minority groups along with general student welfare. Some of his favorite spare-time activities are doing nature-photography, traveling different states, spending time with friends, and playing various sports.

Graduate Project Assistant

Bryan Baldizan was born in Washington, raised in New Mexico and has lived in Mexico. He attained his Bachelor's degrees in Political Science and History at UNM. He is currently a first year graduate student under the Department of Health, Exercise & Sports Sciences. He aspires to be a teacher in APS and give back to his community through coaching sports. Bryan wants to be an ally to all students in obtaining their goals. By working together we can improve the lives of students and the communities that they come from.

Graduate Project Assistant

Valerie Chavez was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated from UNM with her B.A. in Intercultural Communication and a minor in Chicana/o studies and is currently pursuing her M.A in Chicana/o Studies. While studying, she plans on analyzing Nueva Mexicana self-expression and its relation to Chicana feminism. Her focus will be to destruct and understand the importance of space/place within Chicana feminist identity. She is currently a program assistant for Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color (PNMGC) working to provide graduate students of color with a safe community in academia. Valerie uses photography as a creative medium in all areas of her life and particularly enjoys cultural photography. She also spends her spare-time going to local car cruises, spending time with her loved ones, and exploring her state of New Mexico.

Graduate Project Assistant

Alejandrx's pronouns are They, Them, thus Theirs and El, y Elle. A first-year Masters candidate in American Studies at the University of New Mexico, they received their BA in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Washington State University. Alejandrx is originally from LA and is interested in accessible punkerx movimento, their nine-pound Chihuahua Croissant, and science fiction and horror. They are also passionate about Queer Black, Indigenous and Brown liberations as well as poetry. They are an Aquarius rising with a Leo moon and a Venus in pieces. They are excited to be working for the program and are passionate about mentorship; feel free to talk to them anytime if you see them! They are here to help!