Staff

sonia Sonia Gipson Rankin sgrankin@unm.edu

Sonia Gipson Rankin, J.D., serves as the Associate Dean for Curriculum and Program Development of University College and a Senior Lecturer in Africana Studies at the University of New Mexico. She has also served as an Adjunct Faculty at the UNM School of Law. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Computer Science from Morgan State University. Prof. Gipson Rankin attended the University of Illinois College of Law entering as a Lincoln Scholar and was later recognized for her legal research and writing abilities with several academic accolades. While there, she served as an Associate Editor of the Elder Law Journal and published a legal note studying black grandparents and the legal impact of informal kinship care [Why They Wont Take the Money: Black Grandparents and the Success of Informal Kinship Care,; 10 Elder Law Journal 153 (2002)]. Her latest article, Black Kinship Circles in the 21st Century: Survey of Recent Child Welfare Reforms and How It Impacts Black Kinship Care Families, was published by the Whittier Journal of Law and Family Advocacy in 2013. Prof. Gipson Rankin has since focused her area of research to the law and its impact on the Black American community, particularly in the areas of technology and the family.

In 2002, Prof. Gipson Rankin relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico becoming a licensed attorney and joining the New Mexico Bar Association. She has served as a family mediator, legal advisor, and as a charter school trustee. Prof. Gipson Rankin has spoken at the Association of Community Colleges Trustees Governance Leadership Institute on Diversity, the University of New Mexico's Civil Rights Symposium, presented to the USDA Forest Service, the US Attorney - New Mexico's Office, guest lectured at the University of Kentucky and Rutgers University, and served as a panelist alongside noted civil rights activist, Dick Gregory.

Prof. Gipson Rankin loves being in the classroom and teaches courses in Africana Studies, related to race, law, and technology. She teaches undergraduate courses such as Race and the Law, Race in the Digital Age, and The Black Presidency: Barack Obama, Race, and the White House. She has also taught Civil Rights Movement; Black Women; Race, Family and the Law; and Black Liberation and Theology. Prof. Gipson Rankin is also an adjunct at the UNM School of Law where she teaches Race and the Law.

She served as the Associate Director of Africana Studies for three years until she was appointed Associate Dean for Curriculum and Program Development in University College. In her duties as associate dean for University College, Prof. Gipson Rankin is responsible for the overall administrative management of Academic Communities at UNM. As such, she collaborates closely with academic units throughout the University about creating curriculum and high-impact academic initiatives related to first-year students. She gets to ask the question to every college, department, and academic program on campus: what are you doing to prepare your first-year students? In 2016, Prof. Gipson Rankin was named one of 10 Outstanding First-Year Advocates by the National Resource Center for her work related to first year college students.

At UNM, Prof. Gipson Rankin serves as Chair of the New Student Orientation Advisory Committee and Cahir of the UNM Web Advisory Committee. She serves as faculty advisor for UNMs chapters of Phi Sigma Pi and the National Society of Black Engineers, Collegiate Chapter. Prof. Gipson Rankin has been committed to her community, serving as Vice-President of her childrens elementary school PTA and as a pre-teen volleyball coach through the YMCA. She is currently the President of the New Mexico Black Lawyers Association, a member of the State Bar of New Mexico Committee on Professionalism, and director of the Womens United Ministry at her church. She is married to Eric Rankin and has three children, Naomi, Sarai, and Isaac.

LoboAchieve Coordinator

UNM Sarah Nezzer snezzer@unm.edu

Sarah joined the UNM family in 2002 as a student employee while she pursued her studies in History. After her graduation in 2009 she joined the DARS Transfer team, and later provided academic advisement for students in the University Advisement Center. She now works for the Director of Advisement as the LoboAchieve Coordinator .

Dual Credit Coordinator

UNM Dee Dee Hatch-Sanders dhatchsanders@unm.edu

Work closely with high school students, advisors and administrators. Responsible for managing and implementing the Dual Credit and Concurrent Enrollment Program. Serves as a liaison between University Advisement Center, Admissions Office and secondary institutions to implement the Dual Credit Program at UNM. Assists in securing Master Agreement contracts with statewide secondary institutions. Advise students interested in taking courses through the Dual Credit or Concurrent Enrollment Program. Register, drop or change dual enrollment students in the dual enrollment program. Track the progress including grades and to ensure students are meeting class participation requirements of all high school students in the program. Develop, maintain, marketing and promotional materials and attend high school recruitment events. Data entry and reporting in Banner, LoboAchieve, ePrint and Hyperion. Provide individual advisement and college pre-planning for student success.

Academic Advisor Training Coordinator

Shannon        Shannon Saavedra       shein@unm.edu 

Shannon started as an academic advisor in 2006 in the University College Advisement Center. Upon completing her Masters in Organizational Learning Instructional Technology  from the University of New Mexico in 2010 she became the academic advisor trainer for all undergraduate advisors. She also received her Bachelors of Business Administration in 2005 from the University of New Mexico. She has developed the advisor training program to include a week long training for new advisors, LoboAchieve and Banner trainings, refresher trainings, advisor assessments, etc.

Student Employees

UNM Jackson Bigger

UNM Margaret Holley

UNM Mara Payne