High Plains Regional Education Cooperative
2nd Annual Building an Equity Bridge Conference: Strengthening the Pillars. June 7-9, 2023

NMPED - Black Education Act

"Building an Equity Bridge Conference: Strengthening the Pillars"

  • June 7–9, 2023
  • Embassy Suites Hotel
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico

The New Mexico Public Education Department - Black Education Act Bureau is pleased to announce its 2nd annual Building an Equity Bridge Conference.

This year’s theme is “Strengthening the Pillars”. This free, 3-day conference will explore topics centered around embracing equity, addressing implicit bias, developing transformative strategies to better support students of color, creating an anti-racist anti-oppressive schools, and more. The overarching goal is to provide knowledge, skills, and strategies that will help to enhance the quality of relationships with students of color and ultimately improve educational outcomes. Day 1 offers a hybrid option for breakout sessions for those who cannot participate in person.

In 2021, the New Mexico state legislature passed House Bill 43 which created a new section of the public school code entitled the Black Education Act which includes a requirement for all school personnel to successfully complete an anti-racism and racial sensitivity training or professional development approved by PED. This conference will satisfy this requirement for the 2023–2024 school year.

Who should attend? New Mexico educators, administrators, counselors, social workers, school resource officers, and other K–12 and higher education faculty and staff. School and community-based youth program workers (such as BSU sponsors and advisors, CYFD and juvenile justice and others) are also encouraged to attend.

What is the cost? None! The conference is fully funded. The conference includes breakfast and lunch on all three days. Attendees are responsible for any costs they may incur for transportation and lodging.

Kimberly York
Liaison, NMPED Black Education Act
Conference Organizer

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Dr. Arsenio Romero
New Mexico Secretary of Education

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Dr. Nicole Evans
Director of Leadership and Coaching, Embracing Equity

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Black Education Act Advisory Council Members

  • Johnna Rocker-Clinton - Chair
  • Dr. Stephanie Mack - Vice Chair
  • Sandra Aaron - Secretary
  • Hakim Bellamy
  • Romulous Charles - Co-Chair, Family and Community Subcommittee
  • Vickie Horne
  • Dr. Nancy Lopez - Co-Chair, Data & Policy in Action Subcommittee
  • Dr. Monique Matute-Chavarria - Co-Chair, Family and Community Subcommittee
  • Brandi Stone
  • Dr. Patricia Trujillo - Co-Chair, Data & Policy in Action Subcommittee
  • Mercedes Turner
  • Joseph Ulibarri - Chair, Curriculum and Professional Development Subcommittee
  • Dr. Cynthia Wise