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

El Centro focuses on three of the four UNM identified cornerstones of purpose (UNM Strategic Framework). 

1. educate and encourage students to develop the values, habits of mind, knowledge, and skills they need to be enlightened citizens, contribute to the state and national economies, and lead satisfying lives;

2. discover and disseminate new knowledge and creative endeavors that will enhance the overall well-being of society; and

3. actively support social, cultural, and economic development in our communities to enhance the quality of life for all New Mexicans.

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