NM Humanities Now! Transfer Initiative

This initiative connects students interested in the humanities with knowledgeable and experienced people and resources for a smooth transition into a four-year degree at UNM. We also offer free faculty talks, workshops, and presentations related to the humanities throughout the year. In addition, you get free admission to events regarding the Humanities and the transfer process, find opportunities to be involved with internships, faculty research, and Humanities career exploration, and gain exposure to well-known professionals in the Humanities. 

Mission and Vision Statement

The grant has been used in different capacities, such as career fairs, outreach activities, and other events to stimulate students´ interest in the humanities. Our humanities departments have the honor and the responsibility to participate in this initiative.

Mellon Foundation believes that the arts and humanities are where we express our complex humanity, and we believe that everyone deserves the beauty, transcendence, and freedom to be found there.

Why Humanities?

The Humanities are vital for exploring and explaining the diversity of the human condition. Understanding and appreciating the artistic, personal, and communal influences of human narratives, arts, aesthetics, languages, heritages, and expressions nurtures human curiosity and intellect. Students trained in Humanities-based disciplines such as American, Area and Ethnic Studies, Comparative Languages, English, Ethics, History, and Philosophy, among others, develop essential skills such as critical thinking, creative problem solving, interpreting and analyzing data, developing innovative ideas, communicating well-informed decisions and grappling with difficult circumstances. Increasingly, education, business, and diverse industry leaders are identifying a need to hire employees with skills developed through Humanities-engaged education.

Although the global pandemic limited increases in transfer numbers, significant advances were made in strengthening a shared culture of transfer that supports humanities degree pathways. The expansion of humanities learning opportunities at CNM and UNM branch campuses will help all partners better serve students, including non-traditional and first-generation students, who now circulate between CNM and UNM and UNM branch campuses.

Expected Outcomes and Benefits

The partnership seeks to enact a cultural shift from where institutions and personnel operate from their immediate perceptions and interests regarding service communities to where institutions pass a shared culture of student success.

  • Increase contact points and relationships among students, staff, faculty, and administration across institutions and improve the capacity of staff and faculty to serve as transfer champions to serve transfer students best.
  • Identify systemic barriers to seamless transfer to develop and assess strategies for removing those barriers.
  • Increase Humanities majors, transfer students, and degree holders in central New Mexico, streamline transfer articulations between institutions, and remove the informational barriers hindering students’ advancement. This will improve inter-institutional communication regarding transfer student success by enhancing and innovating Humanities instruction and learning at both institutions.


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