Press Release

UNM Dean Mitzi Montoya to Participate in Panel on Women in Higher Education

August 19, 2020

Leading During COVID-19: Supporting Women in Higher Education

Dr. Mitzi M. Montoya, dean of the The University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management, will participate in a virtual panel discussion presented by the Oregon State University College of Business. The discussion, Leading During COVID-19: Supporting Women in Higher Education, takes place on Sept. 1, 2020, from 12 - 1:30 p.m. PDT via Zoom.

The panel will bring together women leaders in higher education to discuss policies and practices that can support women and families in institutions. Panelists will share personal stories, relevant research findings, and recommendations for ways that other leaders can create equitable and supportive workplaces.

The panelists will explore what fellow leaders can do to:

  • Increase awareness of the impossible choices many working women caregivers face.
  • Reflect on how higher education has and has not prioritized the needs of women caregivers among faculty and staff.
  • Strategize concrete recommendations and solutions leaders can implement to support women and families in higher education during this time.

The event will conclude with a call to action, with attendees invited to sign a pledge to promote research-backed policy changes that advance women’s leadership and success in higher education, during COVID and beyond.

Dr. Montoya will be joined by three other panelists:

  • Anne Massey, Dean, Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Harriet Nembhard, Dean, College of Engineering, University of Iowa
  • Ipshita Pal, Assistant Professor, Health and Human Services, St. Johns University

The panel will be moderated by Charlene Alexander, chief diversity officer at Oregon State University, and hosted by Audrey Iffert-Saleem, director of the Center for the Advancement of Women in Leadership at Oregon State University.

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The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.