New Mexico Diversity Conference for Youth

Join hundreds of teens and teachers from across New Mexico on Saturday, April 23, 2022, for a unique and powerful day planned entirely by and for students.

Teens from large and small, urban and rural, public and private schools across New Mexico are invited to join the 4th annual New Mexico Diversity Conference for Youth, to be held in Albuquerque on Saturday, April 23, 2022. This is a unique opportunity for students fighting for inclusion and social justice to come together, learn from experts on a variety of issues, and brainstorm projects to improve their schools and communities.

COVID-19 Update: This event will take place on Saturday, April 23, 2022. Contact us with any questions.

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COVID Health and Safety

In light of the improved health situation in New Mexico, we will not be requiring attendees to show proof of vaccination to gain admission to the event. All attendees will be strongly encouraged to wear a mask while indoors, though this will not be required.

We may change these guidelines as the conference date nears. If you have any questions or concerns about these requirements, please feel free to contact us.

Who Should Attend

The Conference is open to all high school students and supportive teachers/adults from across New Mexico. In particular, this event is a great opportunity for groups such as:

  • Diversity or multicultural student clubs
  • Student councils
  • Peace/conflict resolution-focused organizations, including PeaceJam and Interact
  • Religious student organizations interested in exploring interfaith dialogue and positive social change
  • Clubs celebrating specific student ethnicities, including Black Student Alliance, Latinx or Hispanic student clubs, Native/Indigenous student clubs and others
  • Gender/sexuality-focused student groups, including gay-straight alliances
  • Female empowerment student clubs
  • Peer counselors
  • Deaf students and their allies, including ASL signing clubs
  • Disabled students from all backgrounds
  • Creative writing and performance student groups, including poetry, spoken word, hip-hop, dance and other clubs
  • Students from a local youth organization, even if they attend different schools
  • ANY group of teens interested in improving their school’s culture or making a positive change in their community

Venue and Directions

The New Mexico Diversity Conference for Youth will be hosted by Highland High School in Albuquerque this year; you can find directions to the event on Google Maps here.

From I-25:

  1. Exit I-25 for Coal and Lead Avenues (exit 224A).  Once exited, take Coal Avenue to head east.
  2. Take Coal Avenue approximately 2.5 miles.
  3. Turn left onto Washington Street, just as Coal Avenue turns into Zuni Road.
  4. Turn right onto Coal Avenue.
  5. Turn right onto Jefferson Street.  Highland High School will be on your left.
  6. Turn left into the parking lot for faculty and visitors. Park anywhere as it is a Saturday!
  7. Follow the balloons to enter the Highland High School cafeteria.


We fill the conference day with numerous opportunities for students and teachers to discuss, engage and explore the topics that are most important to them. Click any portion of the day below for more information. You can also download a printable version of the day’s schedule.

Arrival and Parking / 9:00 – 9:30 am

If your group is not traveling to the event together, agree on a specific time to arrive as a group in advance. Once parked, follow the balloons to registration.

Breakfast / 9:00 – 10:00 am

We provide a light breakfast, including bagels and cream cheese, yogurt, fruit and muffins, as well as water and coffee. Participants are then ushered as a school group to the courtyard to register.

Registration and Morning Entertainment / 9:30 – 10:00 am

Group leaders register their clubs or groups; registration takes a matter of minutes. Each school receives a packet containing materials for the conference day, including nametags. An emcee and various student groups from around the state keep participants entertained as we get closer to starting the formal program.

Opening Ceremonies and Keynote Speech / 10:00 – 10:50 am
Hakim Bellamy

Opening Ceremonies begin with welcome speeches by the conference student co-chairs and educational leaders. Each year the Student Executive Committee works hard to identify and invite a notable public speaker to address conference attendees. In 2020 we were addressed by slam poet and community activist Hakim Bellamy.

Discussion Groups and Lunch / 10:55 am – 12:25 pm

The first interactive session of the conference day involves informal group discussions of students from all over the state led by trained student facilitators. Students have an opportunity to speak their mind about the social issues they are facing in their schools and communities, and hear from other students from across the state who may be facing similar or different issues. Lunch is served at this time as well. While students are in their discussion groups, faculty advisors meet to have professional development workshops on teaching for equity and social justice.

Workshop A / 12:35 – 1:45 pm

Students and faculty advisors attend a workshop of their choice, chosen in advance. See a list of workshops offered here.

Workshop B / 1:50 – 3:00 pm

Both students and faculty advisors attend a second workshop of their choice, chosen in advance. See a list of workshops offered here.

Action Planning Meetings / 3:05 – 3:40 pm

All attendees meet back with their schools or organizations for a brainstorming discussion on creating an action project for the second semester. Each school is free to identify whatever issue is most pressing to be addressed, and YCD provides support and guidance as students plan, enact, and evaluate their project.

Closing Ceremonies / 3:45 – 4:15 pm

We finish the day by giving out a community award, viewing a video montage, and hearing from an exceptional musical performer.


The 18 workshops offered at the Conference each year are chosen by the YCD New Mexico Student Board, so that the topics are constantly reflecting the needs, interests, and challenges facing New Mexico’s teens.

Travel and Lodging

In general, school groups within a 3-hour drive of the Albuquerque Metro area can attend the event without requiring overnight stays.

For groups coming from further away, YCD will negotiate a hotel room block. Check back here for more information, or contact us.


If your group has already registered to join us at the Conference, it’s time for each person to select their workshops! Click the button below to register as a participant.

If your group has not registered for YCD New Mexico and the Conference yet, you can do so using the button below.

Contact Info

For more information about the YCD New Mexico Student Board, contact either organizer for the program:

Nikki Archuleta

Nikki Archuleta

Organizer – New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 804-6790

Josh Lucio

Josh Lucio

Organizer – New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 933-0291

For questions about registration, payment, or anything else, contact YCD’s Executive Director:

Caleb Munro

Caleb Munro

Executive Director
Denver, Colorado
(720) 507-0746