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Kelci Lynn Lucier

Campus Highlight: The University of New Mexico Africana Leadership Opportunity Team

By February 25, 2013

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For this week's Campus Highlight, I'm looking at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM). There, the Africana Studies Department has the Africana Leadership Opportunity Team (ALOT). It's the department's "first student chartered organization"; it "focuses on three core strengths to achieving academic excellence: leadership development, building unity, and dissemination of information." Additionally, ALOT "is dedicated to the contemporary imperative of integrating multicultural education and interdisciplinary training into the University of New Mexico."

In addition to sounding incredibly interesting, ALOT is also incredibly active -- especially right now. Every Tuesday and Thursday during Black History Month, the group has been (and will continue to) sponsor its "A.L.O.T. of Words" program. In the quad during lunch, the community is invited to join ALOT members and "present the speeches, thoughts, poetry, and words of significant Black people to your community, Harlem Renaissance style."

These are the kinds of programs that makes college campuses such amazing, engaging communities. Keep up the good work, UNM!

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