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Indigenous Education Research Conference

IERC Agenda

Download the 2018 IERC Agenda (PDF)

When and where is the conference?

Date: April 26, 2018
Location: University of New Mexico Campus, Albuquerque, NM at the Zimmerman Library Willard Room (enter through the north side)

Who should attend?

Indigenous youth, educators, scholars, community members, and allies

What topics will be covered?

The conference will focus on the social, cultural, political, geopolitical, and economic contexts in which Indigenous Peoples engage in education.

What are the registration details?

Registration is free and will be done on-site. Please, go directly to the Willard Room to get registered for the event.

Where can I stay during the IERC conference?

IERC conference hotel: Eleganté Hotel. Conference rates of $85.00/room is available under group name: UNM Indigenous Education Research Conference. To make reservations please call 505-884-2511 or 1-866-650-4900.

Where can I get more information?


It is a pleasure to invite you to the 3rd Annual Indigenous Education Research Conference. The conference, which is organized by the Native Faculty in the College of Education at the University of New Mexico, takes place in Albuquerque, New Mexico on April 26th, 2018.

The College of Education at the University of New Mexico leads the nation in the number of Native faculty that represent a diversity of Indigenous Peoples. Individually each faculty member is engaged in research that serves Indigenous Peoples and Nations. Collectively, Native faculty engage in critical dialogue on issues of scholarship/research, teaching, and service. We acknowledge and operationalize the importance of engaging in research that recognizes the integrity of cultural sovereignty as it is exercised by Indigenous Nations. As educators, scholars, and Indigenous Peoples, we are cognizant of the critical role that education, Western and Indigenous-centered, has on pedagogy, policy, research, and practice. It is in this spirit that the idea for this research conference emerged.

The 3rd annual theme of the Indigenous Education Research Conference is “Community as Indigenous Pedagogy”. The intended audience for this conference includes Indigenous youth, educators, scholars, and community members, so as to inform and address the following questions from a variety of standpoints:

How can community (and your school or organization) influence the formation of an “educated person?”

How does community guide pedagogy in the daily experiences of Indigenous youth and teachers in a school and community setting?


The social, cultural, political, geopolitical, and economic contexts of indigenous education as they relate to youth, community, language, popular movements, empowerment, decolonization, solidarity, leadership, legacy, sovereignty, space, place, praxis, sustainability, self-determination, and transformation, etc.

The layout for this conference will change according to the past two years. We will have a one day on campus full day of panel sessions bringing the Indigenous communities to campus. We hope you will join us in listening to and engaging with various Indigenous education communities from across the State of New Mexico.

We look forward to seeing you at the 3rd Annual Indigenous Education Research Conference.


UNM College of Education Native Faculty & IERC Planning Committee