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Albuquerque, NM - September 3, 2021
Contact: Kathleen Sabo, Executive Director, 505-274-2442 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Tracie Collins, Former NM Department of Health Secretary to Appear as Special Guest for 2021 Community Ethics Gathering
Dr. Tracie Collins, Former NM Department of Health Secretary and Dean of the University of New Mexico’s College of Population Health is the featured guest at an event celebrating community ethics during the pandemic.
The outdoor symposium -- “Ethics in New Mexico: Community Ethics” – is hosted by New Mexico Ethics Watch (NMEW), a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization and principal leader in ethics reform in New Mexico.
Happening on Thursday, September 9th from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., the symposium also serves as a fundraiser for the organization. This is NMEW’s third annual “Ethics in New Mexico'' event.
*This year’s event features notable guests including:
-Dr. Tracie Collins, Former New Mexico Secretary of the Department of Health and Dean of the University of New Mexico’s College of Population Health
Dr. Collins took over the NM Department of Health’s Secretary’s job in December 2020 and oversaw the equitable rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine throughout the state. Dr. Collins left the DOH in July 2021 and has returned to her position as the Dean of the University of New Mexico’s College of Population Health.
-EthicsNOW podcast guests, ranging from a bioethicist to a restaurant/club owner, to journalists to attorneys protecting the rights of prisoners.
We’ll honor each of them and check in with several past guests for an update.
-Richard C. Bosson, former NM Supreme Court Chief Justice and NMEW Board Chair
Justice Bosson is a former Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court, where he served from 2002 to 2015. He was a member of the New Mexico Court of Appeals from 1994 to 2002, and served on the New Mexico Constitutional Revision Commission in 1994-95. Justice Bosson also worked in the New Mexico Attorney General's Office as Civil Division Director. He has served as the NMEW Board Chair since the organization’s inception in 2016, and recently served as the Chair of the New Mexico Civil Rights Commission.
“NMEW is thrilled to present our esteemed speakers and honored guests, each of whom has demonstrated outstanding ethics this past year and who have helped to keep a spotlight on ethics during this challenging time,” says NMEW Executive Director Kathleen Sabo. “We’re committed – through our annual Ethics in New Mexico events, and always – to providing timely and accurate information from trusted sources that engages and educates the public.”
During the symposium, NM Ethics Watch will also announce the winners of its third annual Student Ethics Essay Contest, which was held in the spring for NM high school students. Students were asked to respond to the prompt, “How have ethical principles influenced your behavior and actions during the pandemic?” A first prize of $500, a second prize of $250, a third prize of $100 and two $50 honorable mention prizes will be awarded.
Event registration is requested. A suggested donation of $35 is requested from non-student attendees to help fund NMEW’s important work. All donations are tax deductible. Lunch and refreshments will be available. The following Covid-19 safety policies will be in effect for the outdoor space: The event is outdoors under a large portal and attendance is limited to permit social distancing. During attendee check-in, vaccination verification will be requested. Masks are suggested for all attendees. Safety requests may be updated and will be communicated to attendees if conditions change prior to the event.
What: “Ethics in New Mexico: Community Ethics” symposium
When: Thursday, September 9th from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Where: Alfredo Garcia Community Barn at Hartnett Park in Los Ranchos De Albuquerque. (The event is outdoors under a large portal - see Covid-19 policies, above.)
Who: Hosted by New Mexico Ethics Watch
**For more info and to Register, go to : www.flipcause.com/secure/event_step2/MTIxNTQ0/120770
*Donations requested (Suggested amount $35). Student Admission - Free
NMEW is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations for this event are tax deductible.
***To do a story on this event please contact Kathleen Sabo at email@example.com or (505) 507-7548.
New Mexico Ethics Watch is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization and a principal leader in ethics reform in New Mexico. Our values are that ethics is for everyone; that good government leads to improved schools, healthier communities, and better business, and attention to ethics in public life leads to more equitable opportunities for all.
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