Ways to Participate

Throughout the process, there will be ways for students, faculty, staff and the community to participate. It is very important that this is an inclusive process where everyone’s voice is heard so please, take some time to participate in one of the upcoming events.

UNM Innovation: Crowdsourcing powered by IdeaScale

Open January 24 - February 7, 2022

We are soliciting further community input about UNM 2040: Opportunity Defined through our new idea management solution. IdeaScale is an interactive, transparent, real-time platform for engaging with the entire UNM community on the goals of UNM 2040: Opportunity Defined. Through this easy-to-use, interactive interface, UNM students, faculty, and staff can generate and comment on new ideas around the goals, and provide transparent, real-time feedback to inform the process. 

While it’s impossible to incorporate every idea or objective into our working document, your active engagement will help guide the further direction of this work and inform our ongoing priorities. All ideas will be documented as part of the process. Note that participation within IdeaScale is visible to our full UNM community and your contributions are tied to your name. This platform is designed to be a respectful space for meaningful idea generation – it is not a social media platform and is subject to moderation to provide a civil and productive environment where all Lobos can share their ideas.

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We look forward to seeing your best ideas!


Open December 1-15, 2021

Please take a moment to complete a survey about UNM 2040: Opportunity Defined.

The future of The University of New Mexico is dependent on what we do right now and in the coming years. Where we plan to be in 2040 is of great importance to all of us – it is both our promise and our legacy.  UNM 2040: Opportunity Defined, our community-wide initiative to craft a multi-year plan to build both the immediate and long-term future of UNM, is well underway. In spring 2021, we conducted broad stakeholder engagement with faculty, staff, students, the community and donors through our virtual launch and focus groups, as well as interviews with a variety of external stakeholders over the summer. Through this ongoing process we have engaged many Lobos and learned  about your aspirations for UNM, as well as what you perceive as our major challenges. 

Together, we have identified five priority goals:

  • One University
  • Student Experience & Educational Innovation
  • Advance New Mexico
  • Inclusive Excellence
  • Sustainability

In fall 2021, we launched task forces of broadly representative Lobos across our campuses to ask for their guidance and insight for building out these goals as we move toward 2040. Collectively, with the input of diverse stakeholders across communities, we have created a realistic framework for our plan. 

We are also taking the opportunity to review our institutional mission, purpose and values – to ensure these truly reflect who we are as an institution and as a member of the greater community.

As this is an iterative process, we have crafted a short survey where we are asking for your thoughts about our draft plan framework. This survey should take no more than five minutes of your time, and your input is so critical to our process.

Please take a moment to complete the survey by December 15, as we move to the next phase of planning where we solidify our goals and objectives for this effort. Thank you in advance for your participation and your feedback!

Virtual Launch and Focus Groups
May 3 - May 24, 2021

It's a very exciting time for UNM as we accelerate momentum toward collectively defining our vision for the University in 2040. Every Lobo voice matters – and your involvement is vital.

The UNM 2040: Opportunity Defined Virtual Launch was held on May 7, with multiple virtual focus groups for students, faculty, staff and supporters held May 3-24. These events provided an early chance to share insights about how UNM can be more relevant, more visible and more competitive for what we distinctively do best.

If you weren't able to attend the initial round of engagement sessions, don't worry.  There will be more opportunities to participate in the fall.  Check back here for details.