Our view of diversity is all-inclusive.
While most people often associate the word ‘diversity’ with ethnicity, the conference deals with a wide range of topics including cliques, physical and mental challenges, religion, sexual orientation, art and music, gender, socioeconomic concerns, mental health and teenage social problems.
Best of all, the workshops offered at our event each year are chosen by students on the Executive Committee, so that the topics are constantly reflecting the needs, interests and challenges of today’s youth.
Below is the list of workshops to be offered at the 2020 New Mexico Diversity Conference for Youth. You can also download a printable copy of all workshop descriptions here.
In this workshop dive into the world of symbols, meaning, and context from a Pueblo perspective. Start by learning about the history of Native American design appropriation through the case study of the Zia Sun symbol on the New Mexico State flag. Then explore your own understanding and use of symbols in a hands-on activity and group discussion.
What are the foundations to create and sustain healthy relationships within your community? This workshop engages directly with youth to have a critical conversation on our connections with our land-base, as well as relations with our peers, culture, and everyday interactions. We will highlight the good and bad energies that come as a result of those interactions, followed by an in-depth discussion on healthy relationships, consent, and types of abuse, with the ultimate goal of community mapping and mobilizing.
We will discuss the roadblocks to healthy manhood, based our society’s “man rules.” We will show how those rules impede physical, social, emotional and psychological health. Finally, as a group we will create solutions for improving health for men/boys. By exploring this important relationship between masculinity norms and health, we can begin to improve the lives of men, boys, and ultimately everyone.
Efforts to dismantle inequities can sometimes be misinterpreted for exclusion. This workshop is an interactive conversation about why there is resistance to equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts and how to work through the backlash. Learners will engage in dialogue and activities (role-play is one) to come away with strategies on how to address diversity backlash when they are faced with resistance to their work in social and racial justice.
We will discuss and share the process of creating our own mental health clinic at the Las Montanas Charter High School in Las Cruces—everything from why it is important to have a space where students feel safe and can relax, to the importance of mental health awareness. We will also give tips and recommendations of coping mechanisms as well as advice on how to help friends that may be going through a difficult time.
When we talk about privilege we usually are talking about the power and advantage that only specific groups of people have, usually because of their wealth or even their race and/or gender, but the conversation doesn’t stop there. In this workshop we will expand on privilege, dig down to its core and explore how we can use it for the greater good.
This workshop is an introduction to what social justice means and how to use intersectionality as a framework for understanding and dismantling forms of oppression. We’ll discuss how to accurately use terms; learn exactly what racism, sexism, cissexism, heterosexism, classism, ableism, etc. mean; and how -isms are not a two-way street. There will also be dialogue around the concept of ally-ship and what each of you can do to make a difference. There will be a lot of pictures, some videos, fun activities, and plenty of time to share.
Students will learn about the neuro-biological basis of emotion, and participate in a positive discussion about depression, anxiety, and stress. Special emphasis will be placed on psychological tools to cope with difficult thoughts and emotions—something that everyone has! Local psychologists will provide you with some useful strategies on how to boost your happiness quotient!
Participants will share and breakdown the personal narratives that we all hold, starting with our names (where it comes from, what it means) and moving outward to how we talk about ourselves. Finally, we look at how institutions like media, schools, politics, etc. create narratives about young people. This workshop is an exercise in how to identify, deconstruct, and rebuild narratives for truth, power, and decolonization.
After an overview of homelessness in New Mexico, we’ll discuss different factors that commonly lead to teens and young people living on the streets. Most of all, we’ll talk about shifting everyone’s perspectives to see homeless people as people first. Inclusion means all of us, including the homeless.