As a result of a climate study conducted at New Mexico State University in 2019, a new website, Unidos. United., was established to improve internal communications and to motivate, celebrate and educate the campus community.
The Climate Study Action Team designed the new site, which launched in February.
“The website celebrates the NMSU employment community and gives faculty and staff a voice that is intended to identify opportunities for positive change,” said Gena Jones, assistant vice president for Human Resource Services.
Jones said a goal of the website is to create an environment of unity and community by illustrating and celebrating NMSU faculty and staff along with acknowledging university accomplishments. The Aggie-centered website is intended as a tool to improve and sustain a climate of collaboration, support and respect.
“Our Unidos. United. website is important because it impacts everyone at NMSU and it correlates with LEADS 2025 – together we support each other to increase student success and social mobility; together we learn from each other and elevate research and creativity; together we amplify Extension and outreach; and with Unidos. United. we need to be transparent in our communication which increases respect, develops trust and leads to building a robust university system – Aggie Nation,” said Rosa De La Torre-Burmeister, TRIO Upward Bound Program director and Climate Study Action Team member.
As a faculty member, Becky Corran, Humanities and Social Sciences department chair at Doña Ana Community College, said she understands the need for an outlet for faculty and staff to share opportunities for engagement while building community.
“A website that helps communicate important information broadly and gives faculty and staff ways to provide feedback promotes transparency and trust,” said Corran, who also is a Climate Study Action Team member.
Unidos. United. features sections such as Crimson Values, Crimson Community, Aggie Heroes, Aggie Forever and Aggie Voice. Enterprise Instructional Technology Administrator Sonia White said Unidos. United. allows NMSU to improve communications with current and future employees.
“The Aggie Voice section is where employees have the opportunity to provide feedback and provide NMSU with recommendations on how to create change,” said White, a Climate Study Action Team member. “I believe that it is important to remember that together, we can build a more robust university.”
Marketing and Communications, the Climate Study Action Team and Human Resource Services are charged with maintaining the website.
Author: Tiffany Acosta – NMSU