AG Balderas Announces Conscious Campus Initiative

Attorney General Hector Balderas

LAS VEGAS, NM – In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the launch of his office’s statewide Conscious Campus initiative.

The educational initiative aims to help college communities discuss the realities of sexual assault on campus, explore interventions, and benefit from community resources.

“I applaud my alma mater, Highlands University and other participating colleges in New Mexico for taking steps toward making their campuses safer,” Balderas said. “This initiative brings together college and university communities, government officials, health professionals, and law enforcement to engage in a meaningful dialogue about the realities of sexual assault and connects students with critical resources.”

Furthering its work to promote public safety, the Office of the Attorney General will kick off its initiative by hosting Conscious Campus nights at four New Mexico campuses – Highlands University, Eastern New Mexico University, Central New Mexico Community College and New Mexico State University. These evening events—which are free and open to the public—are designed to raise student awareness and engage college communities in efforts to prevent, recognize and report instances of sexual violence within campus communities.

Each event will include a screening of “The Hunting Ground” followed by a moderated panel discussion and resource fair.

The first Conscious Campus event is 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 at New Mexico Highlands University in Ilfeld Auditorium. More detailed information will be released starting Thursday regarding events at each campus.