New Mexico Dropout Prevention Summit

Summit Location: Las Cruces, NM

 

Highlights:

Led by Lt. Governor Diane Denish and the New Mexico Children’s Cabinet, the New Mexico Graduation Summit titled, the Promise of New Mexico’s Youth, brought together key policy leaders from every sector to identify solutions for increasing the graduation rate. The summit dovetailed with Governor Richard’s new initiative to bring back 10,000 dropouts and reduce the minority achievement gap. Over 500 people attended the summit which included representation from a variety of sectors including state cabinet secretaries, members of the New Mexico Legislature, youth members of the New Mexico Youth Alliance, business organizations, faith organizations, local foundations and teacher’s unions.

 

Summit Planning Team:

The Director of the Children’s Cabinet worked closely with the fifteen state department cabinet secretaries, non-profit partners and representatives of the philanthropy community who serve on the Children’s Cabinet as well as the members of the New Mexico Graduation Summit Planning committee to ensure the success of the summit. 

Members of the collaborative planning committee represent leadership from a variety of sectors and include the following individuals: 

  • New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Diane D. Denish
  • Senator Cynthia Nava, Chair, Senate Education Committee, New Mexico State Senate
  • Representative Rick Miera, Chair, House Education Committee, New Mexico House of Representatives
  • Dorian Dodson, Secretary, Children, Youth & Families Department of New Mexico
  • Dr. Veronica Garcia, Secretary, Public Education Department of New Mexico
  • Dr. Reed Dasenbrock, Secretary, Higher Education Department of New Mexico
  • Betty Sparrow Doris, Secretary, Workforce Solutions Department of New Mexico
  • Dr. Harold Bailey, Executive Director, Office of African American Affairs
  • Greg Webb, Executive Director, New Mexico Commission on Community Volunteerism
  • Claire Dudley, Child & Youth Policy Advisor (and Director of the New Mexico Children’s Cabinet) to New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Diane D. Denish
  • Moneka Stevens, Director, New Mexico Youth Alliance
  • Calle Treppiedi, New Mexico Youth Alliance Member
  • Jorge Mendoza, New Mexico Youth Alliance Member
  • Dr. Beverlee McClure, President and CEO, the New Mexico Association of  Commerce and Industry
  • Alex Romero, CEO, Hispano Chamber of Commerce
  • Terri Cole, President & CEO, Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce
  • Tom Sullivan, Executive Director, New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators
  • Christine Trujillo, President, AFL-CIO, New Mexico and President, Albuquerque Federation of Teachers
  • Everette Hill, Executive Director, the New Mexico Forum for Youth & Community
  • Renee Paisano Trujillo, Director, New Mexico Integrated Services in the Schools Initiative, New Mexico Community Foundation
  • Jean F. Marquardt, Program Director, Santa Fe Community Foundation
  • Dr. Charles Bucknell, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, New Mexico Chapter