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ZEAL - Zest for Excellence in Athletics and Learning

About ZEAL

ZEAL is a collaborative mentorship program involving African American Student Services and UNM Athletic Department. ZEAL provides personal and professional development mentorship to UNM athletes by UNM Faculty and Alumni (inclusive of Former Student Athletes). ZEAL consists of three components: (1) Program-Academic Achievement (service learning), (2) Mentoring, and (3) Life-Career skills development.

Program Benefits

  • Empowerment and Goal Development
  • Mentorship from Former Athletes who have graduated from the University of New Mexico
  • Various Workshops focusing on Career, Wellness, and Personal development
  • Successful Navigation of UNM Resources including African American Student Services
  • Connection to the Albuquerque Black community upon arrival to the University of New Mexico


AFRO has Academic Advising!

Don't forget to schedule an appointment with our Academic Advisor Brandi Stone

For a fast and easy way to schedule an appointment with our AASS Advisor, please schedule through LoboAchieve. If you have addi>onal ques>ons, please contact AASS at 505.277.5645 or stop by African American Student Services “Afro” and speak with the staff.

The African American Student Services program at UNM provides culturally relevant programs designed to assist primarily African American students in making a confident transition and successful adjustment to the University if New Mexico.

African American Student Services understands that students often require a holistic approach to academic support. The program strives to provide an environment which is sensitive to the culture and history of African Americans and assist African American students in achieving their educational goals.

African American Student Services is committed to recognizing the differences within the African American culture, appreciating other cultures, and promoting programs within the university and the surrounding community that provide a cross-cultural perspective. Our staff is available to support the personal, academic, educational, and social development of students. African American Student Services is not a duplicate of other services on the campus, but rather it concentrates on the special concerns that arise from the experience of being an African American on a pre-dominantly white campus. All students, regardless of ethnicity, are encouraged to participate in our cultural and academic programming.