2020 Indigenous Education Research Conference

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It is with deep regret that we are informing you of the postponement of the 2020 Indigenous Education Research Conference (IERC) in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 6, 2020. The decision to postpone was based on the available scientific data on COVID-19 that there could be a “second wave” of the virus in early fall. This could have a significant impact on our Native Nations and communities across the nation.

We recognize that the timing of this decision significantly inconvenienced many. However, this decision was made out of deep concern for the health and well-being of our registrants, faculty, and the Native community-at-large.

The Indigenous Education Research Conference will be rescheduled to take place in late April of 2021. We hope that you will resubmit your proposal. Thank you for your interest in sharing your research.

It is a pleasure to announce the 5th 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 October 6 th, 2020 .

About the Conference

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 theme of the 5th Annual Indigenous Education Research Conference is Strengthening Educational Sovereignty: Challenges to and possibilities for addressing critical Native education issues in contentious times

Affirming and asserting the rights of Indigenous Nations to exercise educational sovereignty is a priority for many Indigenous Nations yet this can be a challenge in contentious times as demonstrated by the facts and findings of Yazzie/Martinez v. State of New Mexico. Simultaneously, Indigenous Peoples are engaged in important work as educators, community organizers, leaders, and researchers that affirm and implement educational sovereignty.

Who Attends the Conference?

The intended audience for this conference includes Indigenous youth, educators, scholars, and community members.

Important Dates

Deadline for proposal submission: We are extending the call for proposals to June 1, 2020.
Notification of acceptance: June 15, 2020
Notification of confirming attendance: August 14, 2020

We look forward to seeing you at the 5th Annual Indigenous Education Research Conference.

UNM Native Faculty & IERC Planning Committee

Where can I get more information?

Email:  ierc@unm.edu
Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/IndigenousEdResearchConf/