Domenici Institute Forums

Domenici Institute Forum Nov. 3 highlights mental health initiatives

A Domenici Institute Forum set for Thursday, Nov. 3, will provide an update on the work of community stakeholders of the Dona Ana Wellness Institute and the Stepping Up Partnership, a collaborative of judicial, medical, law enforcement and community partners. The forum will open with remarks from NMSU Chancellor Garrey Carruthers, New Mexico Sen. Mary Kay Papen, and Doña Ana Wellness Institute member Jamie Michael. Sponsored by Paso del Norte Health Foundation, the forum takes place on the Las Cruces campus of New Mexico State University in the Yates Theater of Domenici Hall, 3014 McFie Circle. The forum begins at 4:45 p.m. and is scheduled to conclude at 6:15 p.m., with a reception to follow. Campus parking is free in permit lots after 4:30 p.m. and there is no cost to attend the forum. Attendees are asked to RSVP to or call 575-646-2066.

2016 Domenici Student Scholars present their research Nov. 8

A Domenici Institute Forum will be held Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at the Yates Theater in Domenici Hall on the NMSU Las Cruces campus, with a reception to follow.

At the close of the 2016 Domenici Public Policy Conference, our student panelists have completed a summer of preparation, including the study of a conference topic and speaker. Once the students complete their research, converse with their fellow panelists,and  listen to and question the speakers, they often leave the conference with more questions, more ideas, and a deeper interest in a particular public policy subject.

This semester, as part of a new Domenici Institute initiative, we invited the NMSU student panelists to expand their interest by participating in the Domenici Student Scholars Program – an independent study course intended to provide each student the framework, under the guidance of a faculty member, to develop a proposal, write a draft paper, give an oral presentation, and produce a final, well-researched policy paper. At the conclusion of the semester, each student will have the opportunity to donate their finished product to the political papers section of the NMSU Library Archives and Special Collections.

On Nov. 8, they will give oral presentations as part of a Domenici Institute Forum. Each Domenici Student Scholar will deliver a 10-minute summary of their project and invite feedback from the audience.


Micaela de la Rosa


Micaela de la Rosa

Junior, Arts & Sciences
Research project: Mental Health in New Mexico: Analyzing Opportunities to Bridge Gaps Between Available Services and Community Needs
Major: Government and Spanish, minoring in anthropology
“I am very interested in public health and policy analysis, and especially in how policies play out on a practical, day-to-day level. The research I did for the 2016 Domenici Public Policy Conference really opened my eyes to the critical need for improved mental health support in my home state of New Mexico, and I am honored to get the chance to be a part of the conversation.”

Haley Stewart

Haley Stewart

Sophomore, Arts & Sciences
Research project: The Argument for Better Police Firearm Training in Use-of-Force Situations
Major: Criminal justice with a supplementary major in law and society and a minor in forensic science
“As a criminal justice major with an additional focus on law, I have a keen interest in public policy and how it affects people. Police-community relations and the public trust were my focus for the 2016 Domenici Conference, which I’m extremely pleased about because students in my field often go into the profession of law enforcement and I relate strongly to the topic. This has been a wonderful experience overall, and I’m so grateful to be a part of this.”

Margie Vela 

Margie Vela

Doctoral candidate, Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences
Research project: Hispanic Serving Institutions: Enrollment and Service
Major: Water Science and Management
“The intersection of access to water, access to health care and access to education is one that I find to be important and telling of some of the dynamics found on the U.S.-Mexico Border. This intersection has relationships that are studied in countries around the world, mainly in the third world. I am interested in understanding the implications for developing communities in the U.S. and the policy work that can be done to improve access to water for many that currently lack safe drinking water.”

Connor Schultz 

Connor Schultz

Research project: The Forbidden City’s Patchwork Palace: Competing Ideologies in Chinese Foreign Policy



Fall 2016 Domenici Institute Forum focused on agricultural policy

At the Fall 2016 Domenici Institute Forum, New Mexico State University Chancellor Garrey Carruthers moderated a panel discussion on agricultural policy and how how it affects the economy in the border region. Panelists include Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture, Jose Calzada Rovirosa, Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs of USDA Ed Avalos and New Mexico’s Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte.

Spring 2013 Domenici Institute Forum focused on defense sequestration

At the Spring 2013 Domenici Institute Forum, Dr. Gary Schmitt, of the American Enterprise Institute, discussed sequestration and its potential impact on U.S. strategic defense initiatives. He is a resident scholar and co-director of the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies and is the director of the program on American citizenship at the American Enterprise Institute.

Spring 2012 Domenici Institute Forum focused on health care reform

At the Spring 2012 Domenici Institute Forum, Dr. Bob Graboyes, senior fellow for health and economics for the National Federation of Independent Business Research Foundation, discusses the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and what it means for small businesses.


  • Spring 2012 Domenici Institute Forum focuses on health care reform
    Small business owners can learn more about how health care reform affects them at the Spring 2012 Domenici Institute Forum. Dr. Bob Graboyes, senior fellow for health and economics for the National Federation of Independent Business Research Foundation, will discuss the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and what it means for small businesses.