Purpose

The US is going through a major demographic change. Hispanic students comprised almost half of the student's population at UNM, and the Hispanic population is poised to become the ethnic majority by the year 2050. Mexico, on the other hand, continues to be a strong partner for American manufacturing. Migrants in the US continue to maintain strong ties with their communities in Mexico creating a very interdependent relationship. The Transformar Fellowship Program emerges as a unique program that encourages students to look at their academic inquiry through the lens of social entrepreneurship and sustainability through intercultural and interdisciplinary thinking. This program will help participating students to advance their understanding of issues related to intercultural education, identity, and social entrepreneurship. It will also motivate students to pursue and understand the complexity of ideas and their intersection with the social, cultural, economic and political forces that affect and/or facilitate sustainable development. Transformar fellows will do this by participating in mandatory group sessions in which assigned readings will be discussed and ideas will be explored. Students will be required to choose topics of importance and develop a project that will explore and advance the understanding of local issues connected to global trends.

Objectives

  • To reinforce student's own cultural self-determination and expression of social issues urgent to them
  • To engage in discussions of social impact, power dynamics of social engagement, and learn how to develop practical strategies to manage and develop ideas and/or academic projects
  • To learn cultural and traditional knowledge used to create ancient civilizations, as a complex social, cultural, political and economic dynamic