Conference Schedule Overview


Conference Venue: NMSU Corbett Center Student Union

Please see for the complete program.



12:30pm Registration Opens at Corbett Center, 3rd floor

2:00-2:45 Acknowledgement of the Traditional Indigenous Inhabitants of the Land, Indians of Tortugas Pueblo

3:00-3:15 ¡Bienvenidos! Welcome to Las Cruces

3:15-4:15 Opening Plenary I

Relationship Based, Site Embedded Professional Development: A Model for Indigenous Land-Based Education in Early Childhood, Anna Lees

Raíces Xinachtli Community School. Integrating Mesoamerican Indigenous Knowledge as Part of the Curriculum & Using the Nahuatl Language to Promote Appreciation of Cultural Heritage, Lucia Carmona

4:15-4:45 Break

4:45-6:00 Opening Plenary II

Experiences of Guatemalan Maya Migrants and Youth, Gio B’atz’ (Giovanni Batz)

(R)existence in the Borderlands: Migrant Children and their Mothers, Angeles Maldonado, Beth Blue Swadener

Educating Across Borders, Blanca Araujo, Maria Teresa de la Piedra, Alberto Esquinca



8:30am-10:00am Plenary

10:00am-10:30am Break

10:30am-12:00pm Concurrent Sessions

12:00-1:30pm Lunch at Taos in Corbett

1:30-2:30pm Load shuttle buses to go to Mesilla for Dia de los Muertos event

3:30-4:30 Ballet Folklorico Performance (children and adults) on the Plaza

Enjoy the festival and Mesilla shops, pubs, and restaurants

Dinner on your own in Mesilla & enjoy live music on the Plaza

7:00pm    1st bus back to Corbett

7:45pm    2nd bus back to Corbett

8:30pm    3rd and final bus back to Corbett

*Use lyft or uber to leave Mesilla at an earlier or later time



8:30am-10:00am Plenary

10:00am-10:30am Break

10:30am-12:00pm Concurrent Sessions

12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch at Taos in Corbett

1:30pm-3:00pm Concurrent Sessions

3:00pm-3:30pm Break

3:30pm-5:00pm Concurrent Sessions



8:30am-10:00am Plenary

10:00am-10:30am Break

10:30am-12:00pm Concurrent Sessions

12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch at Taos in Corbett

1:30-2:30 Danza Azteca Omecoatl Honoring Im(migrant) Families, Children and Social Activists, Gisela Sarellano, Captain of Danza Azteca Omecoatl & Araceli Rivas

Danza Azteca Omecoatl, a local group from El Paso, Texas, will hold an indigenous prayer ceremony.  This traditional spiritual ceremony to the Great Spirit will be in honor of children and families im(migrating) through the geopolitical borders of Latin America seeking refuge from poverty, war, violence, conflict, and environmental genocides.  The ceremony will also honor social justice activists that through diverse pathways (legal, policy, hospitality, witnessing, academic, sponsorship, political, financial, spiritual, religious) welcome and work for the humane treatment of families and children attempting to come, in processing at detention centers/shelters, or beginning the journey in the U.S. Information will be also be shared for those interested in supporting or being part of the diverse organizations that work on advocacy and social justice of im(migrant) children and families in U.S.

3:00pm-4:30pm Concurrent Sessions

4:30pm-5:00pm Break

5:00pm-6:30pm Concurrent Sessions



8:30am-10:00am Plenary

10:00am-10:30am Break

10:30am-12:00pm Concurrent Sessions

12:30pm-2:30pm Optional Business Meeting (lunch provided) or Lunch at Taos in Corbett

3:00pm-4:30pm Concurrent Sessions (note later time)

6:30pm Banquet Dinner Fiesta at Corbett



White Sands Excursion (Registration closed Oct 1): 9am to 2pm, lunch provided