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New Mexico State University
Office of Student Diversity
New Mexico State University

Welcome to the Office of Student Diversity

Welcome to NMSU!  The Office of Student Diversity (OSD) was established by President Barbara Couture effective July 1, 2010.  The areas that report to OSD are American Indian Program, Black Programs, Chicano Programs, Indian Resource Development Program, NM-MESA, and the Sexual and Gender Diveristy Resource Center.  OSD is part of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.  Our office is located in Room 237A on the second floor of Garcia Annex.  Our main phone number is 575-646-1729.

Our goal is to provide programs and services that assist our students to successfully achieve their hopes and dreams of a college degree.  We recruit, retain, and graduate students from diverse backgrounds, particularly first-generation and low-income college students. Our offices provide a SAFE ZONE for all students. Please visit our study areas, which have computers, in the American Indian Student Center, Garcia Annex, Regents Row, and Gerald Thomas Hall.  We look forward to hearing from you!  GO AGGIES!

OSD Team

OSD Staff


Front Row:  Jeanelle Chavez, Program Coordinator of the Indian Resource Development Program; Christina Chavez Kelley, Assistant Vice President for Student Diversity & Outreach; Erica Enriquez, Administrative Assistant for Chicano Programs


Second Row:  Joe Graham, Director of the Indian Resource Development Program; Sharna Horn, Coordinator of the Sexual and Gender Diversity Resource Center; Laura Gutierrez Spencer, Director of Chicano Programs; Yvette Guzman, Administrative Assistant for Black Programs; Juanita M. Herrera, Administrative Assisant for American Indian Program


Third Row:  Michael Ray, Program Coordinator of American Indian Program; Tim Strasser, Program Coordinator of Chicano Programs; Justin McHorse, Director of American Indian Program; Festus Addo-Yobo, Director of Black Programs



Congratulations to New Mexico State University for being an inaugural recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award by INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The HEED award was created to recognize the diversity and inclusion efforts of U.S. colleges and universities of all types. Important for consideration for this award were initiatives related to gender, race, ethnicity, veterans, people with disabilities and members of the LGBT community. Christina Chavez Kelley is NMSU's assistant vice president for student diversity and outreach. She was responsible for organizing and submitting NMSU's application for the award. "NMSU is greatly honored to receive this prestigious award from INSIGHT Into Diversity," Chavez Kelley said. "Because diversity positively impacts the attributes of learning for our students, faculty and staff, we will continue to be fully engaged across the numerous social and cultural differences reflected at NMSU."

For more about the HEED award, go to