Adrian I. Sandoval

Director, Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations
New Mexico Highlands University


Adrian is an experienced educator, professional learning provider, and leader with 27-plus years of experience. He has served as a program coordinator, interim district-level director, and state-level administrator. Adrian currently is the director of the Center for the Education and Study of Diverse Populations at New Mexico Highlands University and recently was selected to co-chair the NMHU President’s Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  He believes in the importance of creating strong family and community partnerships with K-12 public schools and supporting youth leadership in ways that recognize students’ cultural and linguistic differences as both social and professional assets.  Outside of NMHU, Adrian is active on two councils including the Coalition for the Majority and the Bilingual Multicultural Education Advisory Council.  His is a volunteer coordinator for the La Cosecha Student Leadership Institute and is a member of Transform Education New Mexico.  Adrian currently pursuing a terminal degree in higher education leadership. 

Conference Topic:

Strategic Planning for Community Engagement and Incorporating Local Funds of Knowledge


The presentation will frame an “Engaged Scholarship” model for faculty members to be more directly articulated with local community needs, assets and knowledge for instruction, research and service. This direction includes many place-based education strategies. Many university systems are adopting “Engaged Scholarship” as accepted criteria for Promotion and Tenure.

Other Speakers on this presentation:

Rebecca Maldonado Moore

Eric Romero