The Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations (CESDP) at New Mexico Highlands University is an educational diversity center that provides systemic and sustained professional learning for teachers, administrators, and parents in the following areas:

  • Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading
  • ELL Sheltered Instruction Strategies and Practices
  • School Family and Community Partnerships
  • Literacy and Math Across the Curriculum
  • Academic Language and Thinking for All Students
  • Common Core State Standards
  • New Mexico English Language Development Standards
  • Professional learning is supported through:

  • Professional Learning Communities
  • Job-Embedded Development and Support
  • Use of Data to Improve Instruction
  • Parent, School, and Community Partnerships
  • Bilingual Program Support
  • Instructional Leadership
  • Youth Leadership
  • See the list to the left for a summary of our educational initiatives.


    The mission of CESDP is to assist communities to improve the quality of education for students, families, educators and community members.

    The Center’s goals are achieved through partnerships with the New Mexico Public Education Department, the U.S. Department of Education, and schools and districts throughout the region.


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

    For more information or to request assistance, please contact us.