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About Centers + Institutes

The SA•P as a long history of collaborative research and outreach that started with the Design and Planning Assistance Center (DPAC), founded in 1969. DPAC is now one of the longest running university-based community design centers in the country. The Resource Center for Raza Planning has been active for over thirty years as planners who engage with public policy, infrastructure, water rights, agricultural preservation and economic development issues.

Each of our Centers and Institutes was developed directly in response needs across the state to initiate dialogue, innovation and preservation in New Mexico’s urban, rural, indigenous and traditional communities. Students and faculty work hand in hand with stakeholders, policy makers, pueblos and community leaders to improve quality of life throughout the state.