Diversity Statement

Date of last review/modification: CEC, June 9, 2016

Diversity in all its multi-dimensional aspects is an integral part of who we are at the NMSU College of Business.

It starts with our mission statement which explicitly states our commitment to serving the needs of our diverse population. It continues in the statement of our values where we unequivocally embrace the value of a diverse faculty and the need to prepare students for the challenges of a dynamic global economy.

Our choice of art demonstrates the College’s commitment to diversity — from our plaza’s Traders Statue depicting barter among a Native American, Hispanic vaquero, and white frontiersman, to our student lounge display of 19th century Rio Grande ranch blankets influenced by both Mexican and Native American weavers, and traditional Native American clothing displayed in the Conference room.

Most importantly, the appreciation we have for diversity is set forth in our strategic plan, where one of our goals is to provide a diverse academic environment supportive of a global society.

Curricula & Learning Opportunities

We integrate diversity-related topics in a number of our courses, and have been assessing student knowledge of diversity since 2007.

We offer majors in traditional business subjects and give students a wide choice of disciplines in which to specialize.

We also offer an International Business major and minor. Students in the IB major study abroad for a semester and pass a foreign language proficiency exam.

In addition, our insurance studies program was the first in the mountain states region and is renowned for its highly qualified faculty and strong industry support.

We encourage students to broaden their learning through experiential learning among a variety of opportunities:

  • NMSU’s Arrowhead Center hires a number of business students.
  • Internships and Co-operative Education programs give our students a chance to gain real-world business experience while earning academic credit.
  • Our MBA program includes a capstone course where students work with a real client (business, government or non-profit) to develop a business plan.

We support a variety of presentations by individuals with expertise and diverse viewpoints from industry, government and the not-for-profit sector.

For example, the Domenici Conference brings such notable speakers as Leon Panetta, former Secretary of Defense and director of the CIA; Frank Keating, CEO of the American Bankers Association and former governor of Oklahome; Donna Brazile, Democratic political strategist; John Barton, former U.N. Ambassador; former Secretary of State James Baker; and James Carville. All students attending public universities in New Mexico are invited to attend the conference free of charge.


Our online degree-completion programs allow many non-traditional students, who are in many cases older and/or geographically bound to rural areas of our state, to complete business degree requirements.

Among our varied professional student organizations, we host two that are specifically designed to serve ethnic minorities:

  • Association of Latino Professionals in Accounting and Finance (ALPFA)
  • Native American Business Student Association (NABSA)

Our doctoral students actively participate in the PhD Project — a non-profit organization initiated by the KPMG Foundation, Citi, AACSB International and GMAC in 1994 — to increase the number of minority doctoral faculty in business schools and mentor those students in professional and career development. Our Marketing and Management faculty actively participate in the PhD Project, attend the annual recruiting event for minority doctoral student applicants, and have our minority doctoral students involved in the PhD project division at the Academy of Management. Joe Gladstone, a Native American doctoral alumnus in the Management PhD Program, served as President of the Academy of Management PhD Project’s Student Division during his time as a doctoral student. Dr. Gladstone is now an Assistant Professor at NMSU’s College of Health and Social Services.

Grace Ann Rosile of the Management Department partnered with NMSU faculty and students in Marketing, Anthropology, Public Health Sciences, and Creative Media Institute, as well as individuals from the University of New Mexico, to produce Tribal Wisdom for Business Ethics, a series of teaching modules that draw inspiration from tribal traditions and applies those insights to the business world. Local filmmakers, artists, and musicians were also involved.

NMSU is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an Hispanic-Serving Institution and is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU). HACU represents approximately 450 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America, Spain, and Portugal. HACU is the national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).

Native American dancer Matt Shunkamolah, an NMSU alumnus representing the Navajo, Kiowa and Osage Tribes, performs for guests at a special pre-inauguration reception held for Michael Martin at Corbett Center. (NMSU photo by Darren Phillips)

Indian Resource Development, a statewide public service program headquartered in our college, helps empower students to obtain baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate degrees in agriculture, business, engineering, math, and other science-related fields.

NMSU’s Native American Cultural Center was created with the recognition that Native Americans must have “a foot in two worlds” — one foot firmly grounded in the language, culture, religious traditions, heritage, and governance of their people, tribe, nation or pueblo, and one foot grounded in the world of cutting-edge science and technology, art, business and commerce, entrepreneurship, and agriculture — fields that are historically dominated by European systems and models.


The College of Business has faculty from a wide variety of foreign countries including Panama, India, Costa Rica, Taiwan, South Korea, China, Romania, Canada, Bangladesh, and Nigeria. We also have a number of faculty with extensive international experience in Israel, Lithuania, Morocco, France, Italy, Finland, New Zealand, Mexico, Chile, and Costa Rica.

We participate in the New Mexico Minority Doctoral Loan Assistance Program under which the State provides student loans to minority doctoral students from New Mexico. Students in this program enter a doctoral program of their choice with a commitment from the referral College to hire the student into a faculty position upon completion of the PhD; the student loans are forgiven if the student returns to teach at the referral College for a period of years. We have successfully hired one minority faculty member through this program.

Our faculty includes individuals with diverse professional background experiences outside academia such as insurance, military leadership, real estate, government contractors, and technology. Faculty are also allowed consulting time which encourages continued professional relationships outside of academia.