Trouble at Northern New Mexico College—Community or Corporate Goals?

La Jicarita

By KAY MATTHEWS

Contention at Northern New Mexico College between dismissed and resigned faculty and the administration under President Nancy “Rusty” Barceló has heated up over the last few months as documented by a blog, Northern New Mexico College Study Group. While much of the controversy has been covered in the press, a letter written to the blog by Dr. Patricia Perea, former NNMC professor, hasn’t been as well circulated. La Jicarita reprints the letter below, following a brief summary of what has recently transpired at the college. In a subsequent issue La Jicarita will take a look at a related controversy involving Perea: her removal by Barceló from the 2014 site committee of the Mujeras Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) summer institute at NNMC. MALC is a Chicana/Native feminist organization that works for social and environmental justice. An issue pertinent to both Perea’s letter and her…

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