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New Mexico abortion ban repealed Law comes off the books after more than a half-century By Sarah Bodkin @sarahbodkin4 The bill to repeal New Mexico’s 1969 abortion ban (Senate Bill 10) was signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday, Feb. 26. The repeal adds an extra layer of protection for abortion health care in the state in case Roe v. Wade is overturned by the right-leaning Supreme Court. “Anyone who seeks to violate bodily integrity, or to criminalize womanhood, is in the business of dehumanization. New Mexico is not in that busi-
ness — not any more,” Lujan Grisham said in a press release announcing the repeal. Many supporters of the bill, including Lujan Grisham, believe that ensuring protections for abortion rights in New Mexico will save the lives of people seeking abortion care. According to the CDC, 3,110 New Mexicans had abortions in 2018. Republicans who opposed the bill were concerned about the absence of a “conscience clause,” which would explicitly ensure that health care professionals have the right to refuse to perform an abortion.
This right is already protected by the Uniform Health Care Decisions Act. “This bill will not force health care workers to provide abortion care, and claims otherwise are simply not true and set up a false dichotomy between patients and providers,” said Ellie Rushforth, an attorney at the ACLU of New Mexico and an expert witness for SB 10. Rushforth said it’s inappropriate to make decisions for another person, since life experiences and pregnancies are all so unique.
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A mural in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in support of reproductive rights.
UNM students and graduates fight to lower campus sexual assault rate By Lissa Knudsen @lissaknudsen
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An emergency phone — one of many on campus and distinguishable by its bright blue beacon — on UNM’s main campus at night.
Inside this Lobo MATA: Jennifer King breaking barriers in the NFL (pg. 2) GLEASON: UNM resource centers collaborate to celebrate Women’s History Month (pg. 2) KNUDSEN: REVIEW: Period: A podcast about the science of menstruation and ‘all the bloody bits’ (pg. 4)
Reports of sexual violence in on-campus housing at the University of New Mexico — including rape, dating violence and stalking — increased dramatically in 2019, according to the 2020 UNM main campus Clery Act report released last November. According to the data, there were 17 reported rapes in on-campus housing out of 23 campus-wide in 2019, marking a 21% increase from the year before. During the same period, reports of dating violence increased from 16 to 30 and stalking cases increased from 36 to 45. Last week, the Daily Lobo sat down with a group of campus sexual assault advocates to talk about the work they’re doing to reduce sexual assault cases on campus. The New Mexico chapter of the Every Voice Coalition, an advocacy group dedicated to fighting sexual assault on college campuses, is served by UNM alum and co-state director Emily
Wilks. Victoria Cooper, a UNM sophomore studying psychology, is the organization’s public relations research chair. The group is working with the New Mexico Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, and Wilks said the group “modge-podged a piece of legislation together” to address campus sexual assaults. That legislation, called the School Task Force on Sexual Misconduct (House Bill 142, sponsored by Rep. Liz Thomson, D-Albuquerque), is being considered in this year’s 60-day session of the state Legislature. According to Wilks, the bill combines an “affirmative consent” bill from 2019 (that failed in the Senate 22-16) with an amnesty policy for minor violations, memorandums of understanding aiming for free access to medical or legal assistance and a requirement to establish a task force charged with administering a biennial “campus climate survey” for state universities and colleges. “We know that 89% of schools in the country report zero cases
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EVARTS: UNM alum helps connect the New Mexico aerospace industry (pg. 5) GLEASON: New Feminist Research Institute director continues work on gender, sexuality (pg. 6) KLEINHANS: UNM women’s soccer coach scores big with national role (pg. 7)
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Jennifer King: Breaking barriers in the NFL
UNM reacts to first Black woman to coach football full-time
when you have a position,” King said. “So far, historically in football, it’s only essentially 50% of the pool. No women are ever considered.” When asked about the impact she hopes to have in the NFL, King said she views her promotion as a “foot in the door” moment for more female coaches to enter the field in the future. Harvey, the PMES president, said King’s accomplishment is impressive given the racism that still stubbornly pervades the United States. “There are a lot of components to being a successful Black woman here in (the U.S.),” Harvey said. “There are extra obstacles to overcome just to get to the same place as someone else, and fear is generated by a lack of exposure and knowledge.” Harvey said she hopes that King will ultimately be recognized by her coaching abilities instead of her gender and race. When asked about representation in the NFL, King said that its impact on younger generations can be huge. “Essentially, right now we’re what we didn’t have growing up,” King said in January after breaking yet another glass ceiling in the sporting world. “I think that’s something that we don’t take lightly. I know I don’t.”
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The Washington Football Team made history on Jan. 26 when they announced that Jennifer King was being promoted to assistant running backs coach, making her the first Black woman to hold a full-time coaching position in the NFL. Prior to her stint in Washington, King was an offensive assistant at Dartmouth College, interned during multiple offseasons with the Carolina Panthers and was a seven-time All-American quarterback and wide receiver playing for the Carolina Phoenix, a women’s tackle football team, from 2006-17. During the 2020 season, King worked as a full-year coaching intern and is credited with helping develop the team’s running back corps with the offensive staff and running backs coach Randy Jordan. Under King and Jordan, the Washington Football Team’s running backs totaled 423 rushing attempts for 1,697 yards and 20 touchdowns. King’s promotion helps further diversify leadership not only within the NFL but in the game of football as a whole. “I think it’s a heck of an opportunity for her to show everybody what she’s capable of,” Washington head coach Ron Rivera said at the time. When asked about when she
learned of the promotion, King said she was in the middle of preparing for the next game. She said there was initial excitement but then immediately went back to game preparation. The Daily Lobo reached out to members of the University of New Mexico community to see what they had to say about King’s historic promotion. Former Lobo football player Katie Hnida, a history maker in her own right, expressed admiration for King and feels like she’s done great work in the league. “I really admire her a lot, and what I’d love to do is shake her hand and talk with her about her experience,” Hnida said. LaMisha Harvey, president of UNM’s Powerful Movement of Educated Sisters (PMES) student organization, said she felt King gives young Black girls someone to look up to. “I feel that it's a milestone and an inspiration,” Harvey said. Laura Bowerman, associate head coach for UNM cross country and track and field, said she believes King’s achievement was necessary. “I think it’s great for inclusion and diversity in sports,” Bowerman said. “I think that’s something that is needed in a multitude of fields.” James acknowledged that how a female coach like King will be treated in an overwhelmingly male environment depends on the organization and what expectations they have.
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“I’m sure she understands that there’s going to be some guys who are not necessarily fond of her being there, and she’s going to have to adjust to that,” James said. Hnida said there’s always a risk when one is a minority, no matter the field, but highlighted that times are changing. “A lot of these younger guys have grown up more with the idea that women are going to be around and coming into spaces that are traditionally male occupied,” Hnida said. King said she doesn't feel like a trailblazer at the moment, but it’s
UNM resource centers collaborate to celebrate Women’s History Month By Megan Gleason @fabflutist2716 March marks the celebration of Women’s History Month, and this year the University of New Mexico’s Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is teaming up with the LGBTQ Resource Center and other groups on campus to host a variety of virtual events lined up throughout the month. The pandemic disrupted Women’s History Month plans on campus last year, and the school will now feature virtual events in place of the usual fare, according to WRC professional intern Reina Davis. Lectures and in-person panels were included in previous years, but this year will focus on social media and online events.
First up is Women’s History Month trivia on March 4, with categories including women in STEM, activism and cultural topics. “You’ll be able to win prizes just with knowledge of women in history, music, media and more,” Davis said. On March 5, the LGBTQ Resource Center will host a virtual dance party featuring DJ Anjo King. March 10 marks National Women and Girls HIV Awareness Day, and the WRC’s social media pages will put out informative infographics with the help of UNM Truman Health Services. The WRC and the Feminist Research Institute will join the LGBTQ center as they host “Cafe Q: Queering Feminism” on March 24, a panel about the history and evolution of queer jus-
tice and feminism. Davis said people need to seek to empower during Women’s History Month, “not just looking at famous women but also looking at women and fems in our own families and our own lives and where you’ve kind of drawn your own inspiration from.” The UNM Health Sciences Center will host “Raíces de Partería: Roots of Midwifery in New Mexico” on March 25, where certified nursemidwives Felina Ortiz and Martina Granado will discuss the practice of midwifery in New Mexico. “Women have historically done so much and will continue to do so much for the community,” Davis said. Finally, the month will end with “Food and Generational Knowledge” on March 31, where Lobos
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something to talk about later on down the line. “I really think this is something that 10 (or) 15 years down the road we can look back on, and I’ll really feel the magnitude of it. For now, I really don’t,” King said in the press conference announcing her promotion. Teams shouldn’t limit themselves by not considering women for positions if they truly want to have the most qualified coaches, King continued. “I think it’s so important just to open up the entire pool of applicants
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“Unfortunately, rhetoric has overtaken reality in conversations about these complex decisions,” Rushforth said. Many who opposed the bill believed that the abortion ban was in the best interest of pregnant people throughout the state, and that abortion is murder and should be punished with criminal charges. “This is a sad day for New Mexico. When Gov. Lujan Grisham penned her name to Senate Bill 10, she signed a death warrant,” Steve Pearce, the chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico, said in a press release after the bill’s signing. Rachael Lorenzo, who is Laguna, Mescalero Apache and a
co-founder of Indigenous Women Rising, said the repeal of 1969 law was especially significant to them. Lorenzo shared with Daily Lobo that a doctor denied them abortion care in December 2013. “I was denied abortion care, (the doctor) wouldn’t do it and I was lying in my own blood ... My husband and my daughter were with me, and it was traumatic for all of us,” Lorenzo said. The experience left Lorenzo humiliated, depressed and afraid to get pregnant again. In the aftermath, Lorenzo said they wanted to create a hub focused on reproductive health care from consent through pregnancy. Lorenzo said their goal
of sexual violence, and we know that’s not true,” Andrew Echols, an elementary education junior at NMSU and the other co-state director of the Every Voice Coalition, said. “We know we get that statistic because a lot of people don’t want to go to that first line of reporting, which is to the police.” Consistent with Echols’ assertion, a representative from the Women’s Resource Center agreed that the Clery Act data has historically been undercounted, even as UNM continues to report higher rates of sexual assault than most other universities. “Seeing raising reporting numbers can be alarming, but in reality, it’s what we want,” Caitlin Rebecca Henke, a program specialist at the Women’s Resource Center, said in an email to the Daily Lobo. “To us, it means that people trust that if they make a report, it will be taken seriously and something will be done about it.” Angela Catena, the UNM Title
was to provide support to Indigenous women and “make sure people can make the best decision for them and their family.” Indigenous Women Rising worked with a coalition called Respect NM Women to advocate for the repeal of the abortion ban law. This year, the group was led by Nicole Martin, Laguna, Diné and Zuni and a co-founder of Indigenous Women Rising, and Erica Davis-Crump, a reproductive rights activist and Black woman who helped the group to work toward liberation and reproductive justice. “Their leadership made our coalition stronger,” Lorenzo said. Joan Sanford, the execu-
tive director of the New Mexico Coalition for Reproductive Choice (NMCRC) said different religions have varying interpretations of whether a fetus is a living person, but it’s common knowledge that pregnant people are living people. “For us, it’s (the pregnant person’s) decision that she makes according to her faith and values and beliefs,” Sanford said. “That is the decision that we center and support at all times.” Sanford said that as a faithbased organization, the NMCRC works to ensure that people are protected and comfortable. “We make sure that they have food in their tummies, they’ve got a safe ride to appointments,
they have access to prescriptions, and that’s just a common theme across these (religious) traditions is caring for the stranger,” Sanford said. Even as the largely unenforceable 1969 law came off the books in New Mexico, reproductive health care continued to come under assault across the country. According to USA Today, more than 60 anti-abortion bills have been introduced in state legislatures so far this year.
feel more empowered to report their experiences. The Every Voice team believes capturing more accurate data is a critical step toward decreasing campus sexual assault. Rather than relying on police report data, the proposed climate survey would be an anonymous survey of all students, they said. In addition to creating a statewide task force, HB 142 aims to amend the statute that regulates sex education. “I think there is such a lack of a conversation around sexual violence, what consent is and isn’t, and having trauma informed policies,” Wilks said. UNM’s Grey Area sexual misconduct prevention training is an exemplar of the type of affirmative consent training that the bill would require. “One of the things that we can attribute to an increase in reporting is actually the efficiency and effectiveness of our training in be-
ing able to teach our students how to identify red flags early on so that they can report it and receive help,” Catena said. Although faculty aren’t required to take the Grey Area training, all undergraduate and graduate students are, and Catena contended that has made a big difference. The coalition believes that affirmative consent education is an important part of the proposed legislation. Education, rather than punitive consequences for perpetrators, will do more in the long run to decrease sexual assaults, according to Echols. “Every Voice’s number one core value is that we are non-carceral,” Echols said. “Nothing that we will ever do legislatively will ever have anything to do with punishment.” “In the previous version of this legislation — when it was just affirmative consent (training) — some of the concerns were
the disciplinary actions ... and this bill has removed all of that,” Wilks said. “In my eyes, it’s only positive. It’s an opportunity to educate and support survivors of sexual violence.” HB 142 is scheduled to be heard next on the House floor. The three advocates expressed optimism about the bill’s success in the House, and Echols said he also feels good about support in the Senate. “I’ve had so many conversations, especially with the freshman senators, and they are in such strong support of this bill,” Echols said. UNM’s annual campus safety reports can be found on the UNM Campus Safety website.
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IX coordinator, said survivors of sexual assault at the University are reporting at higher rates than they used to and believes that UNM reporting rates are significantly higher than other institutions due to a 2016 Department of Justice consent decree. As previously reported by the Daily Lobo, the Department of Justice was tapped five years ago to better protect UNM students from sexual assault and harassment. The DOJ found that “in interview after interview, UNM students expressed reluctance to report sexual assault to UNM because they feared retaliation or because they lacked confidence in the University’s response.” Echols said the uptick in sexual violence reports are likely more attributable to a national awakening about sexual assault boosted by the #MeToo movement and a growing community of survivors who are supporting each other to
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Period: A podcast about the science of menstruation and ‘all the bloody bits’
‘Come for the period jokes, stay for the science’ By Lissa Knudsen @lissaknudsen When the Period podcast went live in 2016, it took a social-scientific approach to menstruation, a.k.a. “periods.” Kathryn Clancy, a biological anthropologist and former writer for Scientific American, served as the podcast host and brought both feminist and scientific lenses to the show, which halted production as the pandemic worsened in May of last year. I found this podcast while looking for a list of the best science
podcasts and consistently found myself learning new things about a topic that, for more than half the population, is a normal part of existence for much of our adult lives. “Period is my chance to spend some time with my favorite topic, hang out with people I admire and learn more about the social, political and biological aspects of menstruation,” Clancy, who holds a PhD in anthropology from Yale University, said in the first episode’s blurb. Some have framed the podcast, which currently has 35 episodes spanning three seasons plus a number of encore episodes
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dubbed “breakthrough bleeds,” as dry and scholarly but — if you are into that sort of thing — it filled gap after gap in research in an easy to follow way. Clancy, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, interviewed researchers, activists, parents and children about everything from prepubescent girls' anticipation about their first periods to the “Periods for Pence” political advocacy campaign. In one episode, Clancy interviews Elizabeth Rowe, a biological anthropologist who studies menstruation, the uterus and genetics. Rowe said her frustration with the masculine bias in “hard sciences” is what drew her to studying periods. “Menstruation is not something that is ever seen as serious ... It's not worthy of study unless we’re talking about in the realm of women’s health and gynecology and something is going wrong,” Rowe said during the second episode. “It’s just gross, shouldn’t be talked about, or it’s shameful or it’s just silly — it’s not (seen as) something that serious science should be used to study.” Rowe said she enjoys the juxtaposition of studying something that is often thought of as being feminine with an approach that so many people think of as being classically masculine: the aforementioned “hard sciences.” Clancy echoed the sentiment and said that a male advisor’s response to her suggestion of studying menstruation while she was an undergraduate helped her to know her research focus
was on the right path. “There was this whole aspect of my undergraduate project ... (when I said), ‘Oh, I really want to study this stuff with periods, and I want to talk about menstrual blood.’ (My advisor) wrinkled up his nose and kind of went, ‘Eww,’ and I was like, ‘Okay, now I have an idea of what I want to be doing,’” Clancy said. Each episode provides one or two in-depth interviews that never cease to amaze. For example, Clancy dedicates one episode to the biological explanation of menstruation that reframes why primates — including humans, some bats, elephant shrews and some other mammals — have periods in the first place. The expert that Clancy interviewed said the animals that do menstruate have an intimate connection between the mother and the fetus during pregnancy in terms of access to the mother’s circulatory system. “The fetus basically digs really deeply into mom’s uterus to get at her blood supply,” Rowe said. “While it’s great for a fetus to have that kind of access to mom’s blood supply — they can get those nutrients and oxygen and so forth — it’s actually potentially dangerous to moms,” Rowe said. “A fetus that is a really aggressive digger, so to speak, could really harm mom’s body.” Rowe added that the mother’s body puts up a special tissue that acts as a shield against the fetus and enables the mother to protect her body against an aggressive fetus even before it’s there. “I call it sometimes ‘pregaming’
for pregnancy ... That shield is lost after pregnancy, and if pregnancy doesn’t occur, that tissue is lost as part of menses,” Rowe said. Interviews like this top off the podcast and create an essential topic of conversation that is too often avoided. Clancy also dedicated a number of episodes to the politicization of periods and, really, anything having to do with women’s bodies. In one, she interviewed Felisa Reynolds, an assistant professor of French at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, about their shared experience of trying to advocate for access to menstrual products and disposal receptacles. The two highlighted the inconsistency regarding bloodborne pathogens and biohazard cleanup in a workplace bathroom as opposed to a medical clinic. The political episodes of the podcast dovetail with the menstruation equity movement that has been gaining steam across the country over the last few years. The New Mexico Legislature introduced two menstruation equity bills in 2019, but neither made it out of committee and the issue hasn’t been addressed since. Overall, Period is a wonky but accessible take on a phenomenon that can be mysterious, taboo and biologically complex. Lissa Knudsen is the news editor at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at email@example.com or on Twitter @lissaknudsen
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UNM alum helps connect the New Mexico aerospace industry By Adam Evarts
@adam_evarts19 Casey DeRaad sits at her desk. Behind her are pictures of her family and a company plaque that reads “NewSpace New Mexico,” and in front of her is her laptop with Zoom loaded up. It’s time for DeRaad’s “Third Thursday Tech Talk,” where NewSpace connects with representatives from other aerospace companies to share insights and new developments in the burgeoning industry. This is the idea behind NewSpace New Mexico: to connect New Mexico aerospace companies with one another in order to facilitate mutually beneficial relationships. “There was a lot happening here in New Mexico as far as the space companies and organizations,” DeRaad said. “But there wasn’t a concerted effort to pull them all together and help them find companies that had the capabilities to help them out. And that’s where we got started.” For New Mexico overall, jobs centered around the aerospace industry are a huge driver in tech. Investment bank Morgan Stanley predicts that the space economy will be worth over $1 trillion dollars by 2040, and with 107 companies in the field locat-
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ed in New Mexico, tech job availability is growing. The personal finance technology company SmartAsset published its yearly “Best Cities for Women in Tech” list on Feb. 18, and for the sixth year in a row Albuquerque finished in the top 15 in the country. DeRaad’s humble beginnings
started when she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of New Mexico and a fateful job offer came her way. “At the time of my undergrad, I was an intern with what is now the Air Force Research Lab, and when I graduated they wanted me to come work with them,” said DeRaad, who holds a bach-
elor’s and master’s in electrical engineering. “So I started off working on electrical systems of satellites.” From there, DeRaad’s love of space really took off. “I had an internship with NASA not too long after that and got to work on the tiles on the space shuttle doing materials testing,” DeRaad said. “I’ve just always loved space.” In the latter part of her Air Force career, DeRaad focused her work on trying to help the up and comers in the industry. “Near the end of my career with the Air Force Research Lab, I moved more into management (and) led the partnerships organization called ‘The Tech Engagement Office’ involving tech outreaches,” DeRaad said. “And we did partnerships with universities, industry and academia to try to bring more minorities and women into the engineering field.” Now her focus is here in New Mexico with NewSpace, trying to help make connections between companies in the industry. “Right now, we’re in the process of finding out what the strengths and weaknesses of the space industry here in New Mexico are,” DeRaad said. From there, DeRaad said they aim to help bolster the more robust companies and attract new
ones to fill in the gaps. “We just have to keep living up to our motto of growing the space industry for the nation from New Mexico,” DeRaad said. The best part of the job for DeRaad is setting up meetings where people from different aerospace companies are introduced to one another. “We’ve set up a lot of forums for people to meet and have done some really cool things,” DeRaad said. “We just recently partnered with the Space Force, the Defense Innovation Unit and the Air Force Research Lab last May to put on a ‘State of the Space Industrial Base Workshop.’” Wherever the future leads NewSpace New Mexico, DeRaad said they’ll happily keep working toward their goal of being New Mexico’s aerospace industry support system. “We’ve had a lot of fun in what we do, and I hope we’re here as a part of helping grow the space industry and making New Mexico the center of it all,” DeRaad said. Adam Evarts is a freelance reporter at the Daily Lobo. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @adam_evarts19
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New Feminist Research Institute director continues work on gender, sexuality UNM research center celebrates quarter-century of operations By Megan Gleason @fabflutist2716 Francisco J. Galarte is the new director of the Feminist Research Institute (FRI) at the University of New Mexico and plans to continue focusing on topics that relate to gender and sexuality as the center celebrates 25 years in action. The FRI has a specific focus on the support of students — graduate students in particular — and faculty. Galarte, an assistant professor of American studies and women, gender and sexuality studies at UNM, has been the director for about two months and plans to continue this work while strengthening ties to the community. “We focus on supporting feminist research,” Galarte said. “Feminist research for us means research that not only is focused on issues related to women but rather issues related to gender, sexuality and institutions that govern and oversee gender, sexuality and those types of roles.” Galarte spoke about how the FRI is effective in the Southwest in particular, bringing up examples such as the rapid growth of COVID-19 rates in
prisons, migrant political issues and institutions that categorize people based on gender and more. “(The FRI is) really kind of working to create a slate of programming that features issues and topics that are feminist in nature and breadth and also with a desired focus on race and sexuality as it relates to the Southwest,” Galarte said. As the institute adjusts to new leadership, Galarte said plans to celebrate Women’s History Month are still settling into place. Nonetheless, graduate student board members Alana Bock and Natalia Toscano said that the FRI would boost and support other Women’s History Month-related events happening on campus. “It’s a feminist institution, so we’re always amplifying the voices of women, of gender non-binary folk, of trans folk,” Toscano said. “I think right now, as we’re going through this transition, we just want to function as a catalyst and as a springboard for others who are already doing that important work on campus.” An important facet of the FRI is its collaboration with other campus and community-based centers, Galarte said, including the Women’s
Resource Center, the LGBTQ Resource Center and the Transgender Resource Center of New Mexico. Bock and Toscano are both involved in the movement to unionize UNM graduate workers and drew feminist connections to the organizing effort. “My role as a feminist ... also encompasses supporting labor movements. On a personal level, I see my work with the FRI as being completely intertwined with the effort to unionize, so I obviously support this unionization effort,” Bock said. “I think it’s something feminism research has always been concerned with: labor work and how it relates to gender, race (and) class.” Toscano reiterated Bock’s position and said “care workshops” hosted by the FRI were put in place for graduate students who are struggling to get through the day. “Let’s really talk about the conditions that the University is fostering that is creating burnout, that is forcing graduate students to take multiple jobs, to work themselves to the bone where they can’t even enjoy being with their family, having a meal or feeling like they can’t survive because they don’t have health care or guaranteed summer work,” Toscano
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said. “We’re feminists, right, and so feminism — there has to be some kind of praxis to it and some sense of justice.” The most recent workshop was a burnout webinar for graduate students with Center for Academic Program Support associate director Stephanie M. Sanchez on Feb. 26 that addressed the need to take care of oneself. “Graduate school is hard in general, but I think there’s something about the pandemic and having to be remote and, you know, just feeling precarious about when you’re going to go back to school,” Galarte said. “Working is different, our home lives are different, so I think that definitely has made things hard for graduate students and faculty.” While the pandemic has introduced many difficulties, including for the FRI, Toscano said a positive is that it allowed anyone “hungry for feminism” to attend the institute’s events. Last semester, the FRI’s online events saw attendees from all over the world. Galarte said the difference between feminism, which is an advocative social movement, and feminist is that the latter term “is more of a framework; it’s a category
of analysis.” “I understand it to uphold and interrogate categories of gender, to understand how gender works with an institution, and then also understand how gender works alongside other aspects of identity like race, sexuality (and) ability,” Galarte said. The most recent action by the FRI board was a vote to become the institutional home of the Transgender Studies Quarterly, a journal of which Galarte is an editor. With moves like this, Bock said she’s eager to see more moves to diversify the FRI in the future, both on and off campus. “When we look at the history of the FRI, like many feminist faces, it used to be very white and privileged and through the years has become more and more diverse,” Bock said. “If you look at our current board, it’s extremely diverse not just in research topics but also in having more women of color, more queer folks and also people from different parts of campus that usually weren’t tapped into by the FRI in previous years.” Megan Gleason is the culture editor at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at email@example.com or on Twitter @fabflutist2716
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UNM women’s soccer coach scores big with national role By Shelby Kleinhans @BirdsNotReal99 Heather Dyche has lived and breathed soccer for as long as she can remember, and after years of dedication to the field she was elected to the Board of Directors for the United Soccer Coaches, creating another avenue for her to share her passion with others. According to the United Soccer Coaches’ website, the organization’s goals are “to promote the game of soccer, generate greater publicity for the sport and improve teaching of the game through soccer clinics as well as research and evaluation of coaching of the sport.” Dyche said the group oversees collegiate soccer, youth soccer and soccer for people with disabilities, but their focus on advocacy and trying to help people sets them apart from other organizations. “The coolest part about them is that their sole purpose is to enhance and make the game more accessible for everybody,” Dyche said. “I think it’s important when the game has given you what it’s given me that you find ways to give back, and to me United Soccer Coaches is the best way to do that.”
Whether it was playing professionally in Norway or working as a full-time games analyst for the U.S. women’s national team, Dyche said she didn’t think a month in her life has gone by without hitting the pitch. Of the expansive list of positions Dyche has held over her career, she stressed that coaching soccer has been her favorite. Dyche continues to give back to the sport that gave her so much by serving as the head coach of the women’s soccer team at the University of New Mexico. Dyche has held positions all over the world but spent the past seven years coaching in her home state of New Mexico. During her tenure as head coach, the team has seen both athletic and academic success. UNM Athletics reported that Dyche led the 2018 team to a program record for goals scored (45) and coached 10 AllMountain West selections. For three consecutive years, the team has also received the Team Academic Award from the United Soccer Coaches based on GPA. Dyche said the reason her teams do so well academically is twofold: the coaching staff recruiting good students and “making sure (the players) put the time, energy and investment into it, because if you leave here and win a soccer cham-
pionship but don’t have a degree, you’ve wasted your time.” The ability of the soccer team to practice and play due to COVID-19 restrictions remained unclear until just over a month ago. On Jan. 19, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s office announced that “all athletic departments in New Mexico can finally practice here in the state ... teams can travel out of state and compete without having to quarantine,” according to KOAT. Dyche said the uncertainty in the months prior to that announcement was a “real energy sucker,” but the team has been energized by the new order and feels fortunate that they still have the ability to play. She pointed out that the difficult situation wrought by the pandemic has made it important to “have balance, invest in different things and find different things to do so you don’t become completely obsessed with soccer — which can be easy to do.” The UNM women’s soccer team will open their season on the road playing one of their biggest rivals, the Colorado State Rams, on Mar. 5. Shelby Kleinhans is a beat reporter at the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @BirdsNotReal99
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