University of New Mexico

She's A Dreamer. She's A Doer. She's An Environmentalist.

Shyla Lavalle-Bolden, the reigning Miss Black New Mexico USA 2017 was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  She is a first-generation scholar at the University of New Mexico with a double major in Public Communication and Africana Studies.

A student and environmental activist is a rising leader in the African American community.  Her lifetime aspiration is to be a voice for people, and to be able to affect social policies in a positive and progressive way. Service and sisterhood is an important aspect of Shyla’s life and she is a proud member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, where she has been able to achieve some of her personal career goals.  She also has a creative side and loves to dance, draw and enjoys spending time with family.

During her reign, she plans to highlight and raise awareness on climate control and the environment.  She is also a strong proponent and representative of Black excellence and is grateful for the opportunity to shine a light on her state and community.  Her motto is:  “Speak with intention,” and she plans to do just that.