New Mexico Listens is a year-long, statewide program presented in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of New Mexico supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities' initiative "A More Perfect Union." NM Listens involves inviting audiences in different locales to reflect on our diverse history and the ideals of our democracy. This program is focused on strengthening civic engagement and restoring faith in our democracy. We will hold community conversations on education, democracy, media literacy, civil discourse, local issues and more. Listening to each other respectfully will help us  learn from one another and gain other perspectives toward finding common ground while respecting our differences.  

"We the People" Zoom Conversation on Democracy Elections

New Mexico Listens organized a state wide conversation with panelists Dr. Finnie Coleman, Cindy Nava, Regis Pecos, and Dr. Elaine Rodriquez to discuss the issues facing Americans in our evolving democracy. Moderated by Dr. Meredith Machen, this discussion focused on education policy in New Mexico as a foundational access point to greater equity.

Cindy Nava is the Executive Director of Transform Education NM. Cindy is public policy advocate and educator dedicated to empowering youth through leadership development. She brings an immigrant lens to her lifelong commitment to advance equity and opportunity. After residing in NM for 26 years, Cindy became a US citizen in 2021 and voted for the first time.

Regis Pecos is Trustee Emeritus of Princeton University, the first Native American serve on the Board of Trustees of Princeton, his alma mater. His leadership experience and policy expertise extend across national, regional, state, and tribal governments. Until 2021, he directed the state’s Majority Office as Chief of Staff and Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs. Regis continues to serve on several boards and advocacy committees. He co-directs the Leadership Institute at Santa Fe Indian School, which he co-founded.

Dr. Elaine Rodriquez chairs the History and Political Science Department Highlands University where she teaches American government and Southwest history and politics. Her research and experience ranges from the impact of the National Voter Registration Act to Latino/a politics and culture. She brings new perspectives on sustainable economic growth, youth leadership development, and civic engagement through her service on the City Council of Las Vegas, NM.

Dr. Finnie D. Coleman teaches American and African American literature, history, and culture at UNM and serves as president of the Faculty Senate. For more than 20 years, he has worked as a higher education consultant specializing in diversity, equity, and inclusion on college campuses. Prior to his career in academia, Dr. Coleman served as an Army Intelligence officer.

Dr. Meredith Machen, Discussion Leader, is the Project Director for the League of Women Voters of NM and former state president. She co-chairs the Education and Immigration Committees. Since retiring from SFCC where she served as Vice President of Educational Leadership, she has focused on policy advocacy, voter education and outreach, and intercultural community collaborations.

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NM Listens: "We the People" Zoom Conversation on Democracy and Elections

1 Apr 2022

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NM Listens Recap: Vision for Our Future

What is your story behind your family’s route and journey to establishing roots within our beloved community? Building off our "Old Roots, New Routes" program at the Edgewood Public Library in February, "Vision for our Future" uses reflections on Edgewood’s history to create a new vision for its future. These events are presented by NM Listens, a joint project by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the League of Women Voters Santa Fe County. NM Listens invites audiences across the state to reflect on our diverse history and the ideals of our democracy.

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NM Listens Recap: Old Routes, New Roots

What is your story behind your family’s route and journey to establishing roots within our beloved community? This program seeks to re-establish local connections, to engage as a community, and to collectively discover our sense of place and vision for Edgewood’s future with enlightenment from our past and present. These events are presented by NM Listens, a joint project by the New Mexico Humanities Council and the League of Women Voters Santa Fe County. NM Listens invites audiences across the state to reflect on our diverse history and the ideals of our democracy.

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New Mexico Listens: Vision for our Future 

This event will be hybrid in-person and offered on Zoom on March 19, 2022 at 10:30am.

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Building off our "Old Roots, New Routes" program at the Edgewood Public Library in February, "Vision for our Future" uses reflections on Edgewood’s history to create a new vision for its future.

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NM Listens Recap: Santa Fe Stories You've Never Heard

Santa Fe Stories You’ve Never Heard is a story panel presented by New Mexico Listens in Santa Fe County. Three panelists open up and share their lived experiences being citizens of the city of Santa Fe. During the Q&A after the presentations, they discuss their ideas on how to continue to foster diversity in Santa Fe.

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NM Listens Recap: Telling Reflections of New Mexico 

Presented by NM Listens, the New Mexico Humanities Council and the League of Women Voters of New Mexico Santa Fe County local league, this program explores the rich and multilayered histories that weave and intersect in New Mexico. A native son of New Mexico and heir to its complex legacies, Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez is the former Senior Vice President at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the former State Historian of New Mexico. Currently, he is the CEO of Creative Strategies 360° and is leading several research and writing initiatives, including directing the Manitos Community Memory Project and writing a book on American Indian slavery and its legacy. This program is made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities under their initiative "A More Perfect Union."

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Telling Reflections of New Mexico with Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez

5 Dec 2021

This program will be in-person at St. John's United Methodist Church at 1200 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe, NM and on Zoom. Masks are required for all in-person attendees.

To register for the Zoom webinar click HERE. 

A native son of New Mexico and heir to its complex legacies, Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez is the former Senior Vice President at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the former State Historian of New Mexico. Currently, he is the CEO of Creative Strategies 360° and is leading several research and writing initiatives, including directing the Manitos Community Memory Project and writing a book on American Indian slavery and its legacy. He will be sharing his reflections on New Mexico and the importance of storytelling on December 5 at 7 PM.

Presented by NM Listens, the New Mexico Humanities Council and the League of Women Voters of New Mexico - Santa Fe County local league. This program is made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities under their initiative "A More Perfect Union." 

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