: September 21, 2012
: Friday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
: Marriott Pyramid North, 5151 San Francisco Road NE,
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87109
The African American presence in New Mexico dates back to the first wave of explorers
and adventurers from across the ocean. The community has grown throughout the state’s
history and has made significant contributions to our cultural, business, community,
family, and civic traditions and heritage. This presence continues to thrive, but
the community also faces challenges, especially disparities in educational advancement,
health, and economic empowerment.
For this reason, the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs will
convene a one-day summit to identify priorities and ensure statewide coordination
in addressing key needs of the African American community. This statewide collaborative
planning session will produce a platform of recommendations to strengthen quality
of life in African American communities.
Who Should Attend?
- Community members
- Business people
- Healthcare professionals
- Public officials
- Government employees
Seating is limited. The summit can accommodate a maximum number of participants.
Early registration is highly recommended.
What Happens at the Summit?
This will not be a typical conference with a series of presentations. There will
be a panel of speakers to outline available community resources, but the bulk of
the summit is comprised of small group discussions among participants who care
about the issues and want to create practical recommendations for change.
Prior to the summit, participants will receive a background report that provides
a basis for the discussions held during the summit.
What Happens after the Summit?
The recommendations will not sit on a shelf. Immediately after the summit, an
implementation team organized by the Office of African American Affairs will get
to work advancing the summit’s platform.
Note: We strive to accommodate the accessibility needs of our registrants. If
you require any physical accommodations to participate, please register by September
1 so we can respond to your request.
Welcome Yvette Kaufman-Bell, Executive Director, New Mexico Office of African American
John Sanchez, Lt. Governor, State of New Mexico
Panel Yolanda Berumen-Deines, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Children, Youth and Families
James Lewis, Treasurer, State of New Mexico
Dr. Valerie Romero-Leggott, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, UNM Health Sciences
Dr. Anne Simpson, Executive Director, African American Health Network
This event is convened by the New Mexico Office of African American Affairs. Additional support is provided by:
Signature Sponsor New Mexico Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission
Office of the Mayor, City of Albuquerque
Sandia Labs/Lockheed Martin
UNM Africana Studies
UNM Health Sciences Center
New Mexico Forum for Youth
Office of the Mayor, City of Farmington
UNM Division for Equity & Inclusion
UNM Health Sciences Center, Office of Diversity
Rhoden Smith Pharmacy, Clovis NM