About Us

The New Mexico Legislature established the Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations (CESDP) in 1993, under the auspices of New Mexico Highlands University, to provide technical assistance and professional learning, distribute research findings, offer resources, and advocate for quality in public educational systems.

The CESDP at New Mexico Highlands University is an educational diversity center that provides systemic and sustained professional learning for parents, students, teachers, and administrators in the following areas:

  • Building School, Family, and Community Partnerships,
  • Student Leadership,
  • Culturally Sustaining Teaching and Leading,
  • ELL Sheltered Instruction Strategies and Practices,
  • Implementation of High-quality Bilingual Education Programs, and
  • Organizational and Community Readiness.
CESDP Vision:
A community of stakeholders working collaboratively to co-construct knowledge, foster diversity of voice, and build capacity to positively influence policy and practices that sustain healthy and fulfilling lives.
CESDP Mission:
 CESDP facilitates community-informed, deliberate, collaborative, and sustainable knowledge-building practices that actively value diversity and multiculturalism as both strengths and assets.
Program Reports

Statement of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As an organization committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, CESDP stands resolute in our mission to confront and dismantle systemic racism. We are deeply moved by the injustices faced by communities marginalized due to racial bias and are dedicated to advocating for change. For over 30 years, CESDP has been at the forefront of challenging institutionalized racism within education and the communities we serve. Through collaborative knowledge building, critical reflection, and dialogue, we strive to sow the seeds for a future deserving of all our children.

CESDP also wholeheartedly supports the efforts of our Indigenous communities to dismantle oppressive symbols and structures that perpetuate inaccurate historical narratives. We recognize that achieving these goals demands unity, collaboration, and creativity from every one of us. We are committed to working collectively to forge a more inclusive and equitable future. In every challenge we face, including those not mentioned explicitly here, we believe in the power of our collective action. Our children are observing us; they are ready to learn, share, and contribute to creating a better tomorrow.