Thursday, March 31, 2016

UNM-G Police Officer presented an Active Shooter training at NACCTEP

By Marilee Petranovich
(505) 863-7770

Officer Langley at NACCTEP
            UNM-Gallup Police Officer Kenneth Langley recently presented an Active Shooter/Campus Safety training at the annual convention of the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs.  Officer Langley’s courses are characterized by their realism and begin with a volunteer role player running into the back of the classroom waving a realistic looking fake gun to demonstrate the speed with which active shooter situations unfold.            
        The breakout session of the conference, held March 18-20 in Chicago, was the first time Officer Langley had offered his course off the UNM-Gallup campus. He was very pleased with the large number of questions asked by the class made up mostly of community college administrators.   “I don’t believe in ‘death by Power Point’, so this class is very interactive.  The audience was very engaged.”
            Officer Langley utilizes the A.L.I.C.E Active Shooter Response Program which stresses Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate.  The model prepares individuals to handle the threat of an active shooter on their campus by teaching the skills needed to participate in one’s own survival while leading others to safety. 
            Officer Langley came to UNM-Gallup two years ago following a 22 year Navy career and 10 years with the New Mexico State Police.  He welcomes any opportunity to share his knowledge of how to protect students and campuses and his belief in training and preparation.  “The class participants were very interested in learning how to respond in an active shooter situation.  Many times people think they have the knowledge of how to operate in a crisis, but it is best if you can practice.  In one section of the class, I explained how to create a barricade by tying up a door with a belt.  The students wanted me to not only tell them but demonstrate so I took off my belt and we tied up a door.” 
            Officer Langley received invitations to attend other institutions to share his teaching methods which is something he is very passionate about.  “We focus so much on teaching, but don’t prepare to protect students.  I was happy to represent UNM-Gallup and I hope I have the chance to go back.”

UNM-Gallup Hosts Diversity Conference

By Marilee Petranovich
(505) 863-7770

            Gallup, NM – UNM-Gallup will host the New Mexico Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Summit on April 20-21, 2016.  The purpose of this conference, which is open to the public and free of charge, is to initiate discussions about how New Mexico’s institutions of higher education can best serve increasingly diverse student populations.  Conference attendees will have the chance to engage in conversations, listen to speakers who are experts in the field, and participate in events aimed at promoting diversity and equality.
            The summit begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 20 with registration and a continental breakfast followed by a welcome address from UNM-Gallup Chief Executive Officer Dr. Christopher Dyer.  The keynote speaker for the first day will be Dr. Jordan Johnson, Coordinator for McKinley County Place Matters.  After a variety of breakout sessions, Ms. Antoinette “Tonita” Gonzales, Traditional Healer and Curandera, will lead a session on the “Ancient Art of Curanderismo.”
            Dr. Jozi De Leon, UNM’s Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, will be the keynote speaker for the second day of the conference followed by a panel discussion on Community Activism.  Day 2 will also include a student and faculty panel discussing Student Learning Styles.  Dr. Jordan Johnson notes, “This is a great opportunity to come together and have some critical conversations to advance and uplift our students, educators and community.”  To register please visit