New Mexico Learning and Education Consortium
Promoting Positive Change on a Community Level
DU researchers, including Chris Nelson, worked with the University of New Mexico on a multi-site project bringing together researchers and evaluators to explore how New Mexico's educational programming supports the community to achieve positive change. We believe the research and ingenuity achieved by collaborating with partners like UNM is essential as we work to influence policy and develop innovative solutions.
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About the Project
This project took a multivalent look at the influence of New Mexico's education system on communities, with a particular eye toward determining whether and how educational programming contributes to substantial positive change at the community level.
Focuses of the project included early childhood education, child health and well-being, and family economic security, exploring those issues with approaches that took into account racial equity, community engagement and leadership capacity.
Chris Nelson is an assistant professor of higher education the University of Denver's Morgridge College of Education. A member of the Diné and Laguna Pueblo tribes of the southwest, her research works to challenge the status quo of higher education for Native students and focuses on finance in higher education, critical theory and indigenous perspectives.