Debra Nieto

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Debra Nieto

Senior Academic Advisor


Location: Logan Hall (Bldg 34), North Lobby (waiting area for appointments)

Advising Philosophy

I am dedicated to ensuring that everyone who wishes to study in the university has the ability to achieve their own visions of success. Advisors hold a particularly important role in acting as good gatekeepers for our students. We also have the ability to provide the guidance, transparency, and support to students that they may lack elsewhere, and can demystify some of the most intimidating aspects of navigating university life. I feel that to be your advisor is to be a crucial facilitator and partner with you as you navigate your unique journey of academic self-discovery. My hope is to empower you with the tools and knowledge necessary to help you use your time here to become who you want to be!

About Me

I am a lifelong Burqueña, and my roots in New Mexico run deep. I received a BA in Linguistics and Spanish at UNM, and continued on to receive my MA in Spanish with a concentration in Southwest Studies, also at UNM. As a graduate student, I taught in the Spanish as a Heritage Language program—a program that I was a student of myself as an undergrad. This was a formative and affirming experience that revealed to me how much I love working with students and being a part of facilitating their learning process through a culturally relevant lens grounded in liberation pedagogy. I have also worked as a substitute teacher in various high schools around Albuquerque, and worked in the nonprofit sector for a time supporting folks with intellectual and developmental disabilities. I’m excited to be able to support student success again with the College of Arts and Sciences! When I’m not working, you can catch me reading, playing my guitar, occasionally writing about music on my bumbling blog, participating in what I like to call “mood crafting,” going to concerts (during non-pandemic times), and snuggling with my mini doxie.