Cultivating positive change through education and culture. (c/s)


El Centro de la Raza will positively impact the transition, retention, and graduation of students through an engaging environment built on academic, cultural, personal and professional activities. El Centro commits to cultivate a supportive community that helps students develop skills to fulfill their life long goals and expectations.

El Centro de la Raza’s Goals

Goal 1:  El Centro will positively impact retention and graduation of undergraduate and graduate/professional students through academic, cultural/personal and professional activities designed to build a sense of community and a supportive environment.

Goal 2:  El Centro will recruit Latino students and provide information to Latino students and their families about UNM and El Centro programs/activities.

Goal 3:  El Centro will use program evaluation and assessment data for continuous improvement and to ensure its relevance in academic, cultural and professional aspirations of Latino students.

Alignment with the University of New Mexico Mission

The University will engage students, faculty, and staff in its comprehensive educational, research, and service programs.

  • UNM will provide students the values, habits of mind, knowledge, and skills that they need to be enlightened citizens, to contribute to the state and national economies, and to lead satisfying lives.
  • Faculty, staff, and students create, apply, and disseminate new knowledge and creative works; they provide services that enhance New Mexicans' quality of life and promote economic development; and they advance our understanding of the world, its peoples, and cultures.
  • Building on its educational, research, and creative resources, the University provides services directly to the City and State, including health care, social services, policy studies, commercialization of inventions, and cultural events.

El Centro de la Raza is a Student Services department under the Division of Student Affairs.