About 175 students from southern New Mexico, including Deming and Las Cruces, gathered on April 16 to discuss issues important to them, including issues in schools and communities, at the Fourth Annual Research Conference about young ENLACE.
The conference was held at Arrowhead / Early College High School on the New Mexico State University campus and was hosted by the ENLACE Southern program at NMSU College of Education.
Christopher Adams, regional high school and college curriculum coordinator for ENLACE at NMSU, said the conference was created four years ago to give young people a voice.
“The ENLACE Southern program recognizes that the voices of youth in general, and of low-income and young people of color in particular, are so often absent from educational research and contemporary debates on institutional and social policies and practices that affect them. Adams said.
This year’s conference featured 22 presentations on socio-economic, environmental, health, criminal justice and education issues impacting schools and communities, Adams said. The results and conclusions of the youth action research projects were shared, as well as the actions and solutions that the students found in their research.
“Throughout the school year, ENLACE youth strive to identify a problem, review related research literature, and collect and analyze data using rigorous qualitative and quantitative methods.” Adams said.
For more information on starting an ENLACE program, contact Federico Marquez [email protected] or Christopher Adams at [email protected] More information can also be found at https://www.facebook.com/EnlaceSouthernNewMexico.