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Grantmakers for Education New Mexico Study Tour: Building the Future for Students in College and Career

August 14, 2023

This past spring, a group of education grantmakers met in New Mexico to tour the the postsecondary pathways programs in the rural Four Corners area. The study tour was arranged by EdFunders' Postsecondary Access and Attainment Impact Group. This report provides information on college and career pathways and highlights the experiences and learnings from the study tour.

Data Science for Water Justice: Climate Change and Drought in the Colorado River Basin

April 18, 2023

Climate change threatens the hydrological cycle the globe over, increasing the likelihood of extreme events and dramatically altered ecosystems. The impacts of these events are most felt by those least able to adapt or move away from them. This paper uses a global framework to identify key data science engagement points, and illustrates these points in the case of the Colorado River Basin (CRB), a social-ecological system that provides a case study emblematic of many climate change accelerated water justice challenges.

“Adoption is just not for me”: How abortion patients in Michigan and New Mexico factor adoption into their pregnancy outcome decisions

March 4, 2023

In public discourses in the United States adoption is often suggested as a less objectionable, equal substitute for abortion, despite this pregnancy outcome occurring much less frequently than the outcomes of abortion and parenting. This qualitative study explores whether and how abortion patients weighed adoption as part of their pregnancy decisions and, for those who did, identifies factors that contributed to their ultimate decision against adoption.

Practical Guidance: What Nonprofits Need to Know About Lobbying in New Mexico

December 6, 2022

Bolder Advocacy's Practical Guidance – What Nonprofits Need to Know About Lobbying state law resource series is designed to help nonprofits determine if lobbying rules in their state might apply to their state or local work, and if they do, how best to navigate them!Each Guide Includes:Summary of lobbyist registration and reporting triggers in the stateKey critical takeaways for nonprofit organizationsFAQs – giving practical perspective on how to interact with the state rulesCase study for a hypothetical small student voting rights organizationList of helpful additional resourcesWho are these Guides For?Nonprofit Advocacy Organizations: Leaders and staff of nonprofit organizations that work on (or are thinking about working on) advocacy initiatives at the state or local levelLawyers: Lawyers and compliance professionals interested in working with nonprofit advocacy organizations doing state and local level workFunders: Funding organizations working to ensure strong organizational capacity and infrastructure for the groups they fund doing advocacy work at the state and local level

Think Inside the Box

November 30, 2022

We developed "Think Inside the Box" classroom game kits as an offshoot of our Pasos Ajenos museum exhibition WKKF funded in 2019 to develop a traveling exhibit to educate New Mexicans and develop conversations supporting a statewide education paradigm shift. We received many requests for games from the 500-plus middle/high school students and educators who saw the exhibit in Las Cruces and Bernalillo. Kits contain eight games on themes such as power, ideology, borderlands knowledge and environmental justice that create fun/engaging ways to talk about difficult topics. We've distributed 20 class kits across New Mexico and two to California partners. Class kits are being requested for early childhood education levels.

Revisional Social Studies Summer Institute Conference Proceedings

November 5, 2022

RVSS presented at:*Association of Ethnic Studies, 11/5/22: Dr. Dulcinea Lara/Dr. Cynthia Wise presented on classroom kits. Audience: 30.*NMSU Research/Creativity Week Symposium, 2/21-22/2023: Drs. Lara/Wise presented on classroom kits, RVSS Curriculum Writing Institute. Audience: 45.*American Educational Research Association, 4/13/23: Dr. Blanca Araujo presented on RVSS Curriculum Writing Institute processes/expected outcomes. Conference attendance: 10,000-plus.*New Mexico Association of Bilingual Educators, 4/13/23: Dr. Susana Ibarra Johnson presented on the culturally/linguistically responsive nature of lessons developed during the curriculum writing institute and on process stages/expected outcomes. Conference attendance: 300-plus.

Kindergarten Through Career Strategic Planning Data: Doña Ana County October 20, 2022

October 20, 2022

Doña Ana County Kindergarten-Career Coalition Goals and data describing the status of county children/families toward achieving those goals.

Rural Philanthropy in the Southwest

October 1, 2022

Rural communities, while often small, have a large impact on the livelihood of all Americans. As resource centers for water, food, energy, and recreation, rural areas provide many of the resources for communities in urban, suburban, and rural settings to thrive. In fact, 97% of the United States is technically geographically defined as rural,  with much of the Southwest being considered rural, by measures of both geography and population density. Approximately 1 in 5 Americans live in rural communities,  representing 59.5 million individuals. Philanthropy Southwest, with funding support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and administrative coordination from the United Philanthropy Forum, hired Dr. Colton Strawser with Colton Strawser Consulting and the Community Leadership, Engagement, and Research (CLEAR) Institute to do an exploratory study of rural philanthropy in the southwestern United States.  The purpose of this study was to capture the current practice of a small group of foundations, understand innovative approaches to rural grantmaking, and seek wisdom on how funders can shift their grantmaking to support rural communities through different approaches via grantmaking, community leadership initiatives, and community capacity building.

Albuquerque Justice for Youth Community Collaborative: 2021 Year One Documentation Team Report

August 15, 2022

This report documents the first year of an ambitious, long-term effort by the Albuquerque Justice for Youth Community Collaborative, to reduce and eventually eliminate dependence on the juvenile justice system and to build a culturally grounded alternative that keeps youth out of institutions. The Collaborative is made up of local grassroots oranizations, youth justice advocates, and young people and families who have een directly affected by the juvinile justice system.

Regional Trends in Tech as Art: Supporting Artists Who Use Technology as a Creative Medium

August 8, 2022

In June 2021, the National Endowment for the Arts published Tech as Art: Supporting Artists Who Use Digital Technology as a Creative Medium. This report is the culmination of a nearly two-year research study into artists whose practices are rooted in digital technologies. Launched in partnership with the Knight Foundation and Ford Foundation, with research conducted by 8 Bridges Workshop and Dot Connector Studio, the report explores the broad spectrum of tech-centered artistic practice, as well as the networks, career paths, and hubs of activity that support this work.Prior to the report publication, the Arts Endowment organized a series of seven virtual field meetings between June 15-24, 2021. These roundtable gatherings welcomed 116 artists, funders, administrators, academics, writers, educators, activists, and other field leaders, in addition to representatives from the Knight Foundation, Ford Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts. Convenings focused on distinct geographic regions anchored by the cities of St. Paul, Minnesota; Detroit, Michigan; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; New York, New York; Miami, Florida; Santa Fe, New Mexico; and San Jose, California. Participants discussed challenges, existing assets, and practical steps for building the arts and technology field across the nation from the ground up. Through advancing regional conversations, the Arts Endowment sought to both strengthen regional arts and technology networks and develop an array of practical action steps for potential field supporters that complement Tech as Art findings and recommendations.

Advancing Racial Equity in Maternal-Child Health and Addressing Disparities through a Reproductive and Birth Justice Lens - Full Report

June 24, 2022

Fom 2014 to 2015, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) partnered with the University of New Mexico evaluation team to conduct a study to examine if and how the Foundation's investments in the strategies of folic acid initiative, home visiting, doulas, breastfeeding peer counselors and baby-friendly hospitals were improving maternal-child health in WKKF's priority places in New Mexico. One key finding in the Healthy Birth & Early Development in New Mexico evaluation report was that these strategies supported a continuum-of-care that is essential for strengthening the health and wellbeing of babies, mothers, and families from preconception through a child's third year. A continuum of care framework was developed by the evaluators to capture achievable short-term outcomes such as healthy family behaviors, policy change and systems change that over time could be linked to improvement in the long-term outcomes of full-term births, healthy birth weights, exclusive access to mother's milk, decreased adverse childhood experiences, increased social support, improved parental well-being, and healthy developmental milestones. 

New Social Studies Lessons Showcase

June 20, 2022

We created a presentation/showcase based on the production of the seven Units/Lessons created in the Summer Institute. More than 100 people attended on June 30, 2022, on NMSU's Las Cruces campus, including representatives from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and other funders. The knowledge product, video of the Showcase, has been circulated to various stakeholders as evidence of what NMSU is doing: merging the Borderlands and Ethnic Studies program with the Curriculum and Instruction program. The video has been helpful in that we have attracted support from other potential funders, such as the New Mexico Public Education Department, Sen. Martin Heinrich's education staff, and other federal funding opportunities.