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Southern New Mexico students to gather at 5th annual ENLACE Youth Research Conference

Middle and high school students from across southern New Mexico, including Deming and Las Cruces, will gather at the fifth annual ENLACE Youth Research Conference from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. May 12 to discuss their research related to problems in schools and communities.

The conference will take place at the Doña Ana Community College East Mesa Campus, 2800 Sonoma Ranch Blvd. in Las Cruces, and is organized by the New Mexico State University College of Education’s ENLACE Southern Program.

Christopher Adams, the regional coordinator for high school and middle school course curriculum for ENLACE at NMSU, said the conference was established five years ago to give youth a safe space to freely discuss issues that matter to them.

“The ENLACE Southern Program recognizes that the voices of youth in general, and low-income and youth of color in particular, are so often missing from educational research and contemporary debates on institutional and social policies and practices that affect them,” Adams said.

Last year’s conference featured 22 presentations on socioeconomic, environmental, health, criminal justice and educational issues impacting schools and communities, Adams said. The results and findings from the Youth Action Research Projects were shared, along with actions and solutions that emerged from their research.

“Throughout the school year, ENLACE youth work to identify an issue, review the related research literature, collect and analyze data using rigorous qualitative and quantitative methods,” Adams said.

For more information about starting an ENLACE program, contact Federico Marquez at sammy824@nmsu.edu or Christopher Adams at cmadams@nmsu.edu. More information can also be found at https://www.facebook.com/EnlaceSouthernNewMexico.