View of Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Española

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.

Our Mission
At CESDP we:

  • assist communities to improve the quality of education for students, families, educators and community members;
  • nurture partnerships with other like-minded organizations, schools/districts throughout the region, and our own state educational agency; and
  • provide sustainable professional learning, leadership, and advocacy in support of students, parents/families, pre-service/in-service teachers, and administrators.

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:

  • School Family and Community Partnerships,
  • Student Leadership,
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leading,
  • ELL Sheltered Instruction Strategies and Practices,
  • Implementation of High-quality Bilingual Education Programs, and
  • Organizational and Community Readiness.