The New Mexico Chapter Annual Meeting & Holiday Event: Our Babies, Our Futures

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Date(s) - 12/04/22
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


The New Mexico Chapter of the Fulbright Association’s Board of
Directors Announces its Annual Meeting and Holiday Event

Dr. Lois Meyer, Professor Emerita
will present

Our Babies, Our Futures: Resisting Cultural Genocide through
Community-based Initial Education in Indigenous Oaxaca, MX

Please join us for this afternoon event on
December 4, 2022
1:00 pm Annual Meeting
2:00-4:00 Presentation followed by Refreshments

UNM’s Honors College, UNM Building #76 (see attached map)
RSVP by November 23, 2022 to


Since 2008, Plan Piloto-CMPIO, a coalition of 1200 Indigenous bilingual teachers in rural
Oaxaca, has initiated creative programs to defend their rights to educate their babies (0-3
years old) in their own languages and according to their communal practices. This recent
effort is part of their decades-long Pedagogical Movement to defend against governmental
and colonial influences in order to protect the future of their identities and communities. In
this presentation, several community-based bilingual Initial Education efforts will be
featured and analyzed.

Dr. Lois M. Meyer, (PHD, Applied Linguistics & Second Language Acquisition, UCLA, 1991)
is Professor Emerita, Dept. of Language, Literacy & Sociocultural Studies, UNM. She
continues 23 years of intensive collaboration with Plan Piloto-CMPIO, begun with a
Fulbright Senior Researcher award in 1999-2000.

Recent relevant articles in English:

1. Gutiérrez Luís, B., Baloes Gutiérrez, G., Arellanes Cano, M. & Meyer, L. (2019).
Seismic Aftershocks & Language Policy in Oaxaca, Mexico: A collaborative account
of resolve and resistance in teachers’ defense and use of original languages. FIRE:
Forum for International Research in Education, 5(3), 129-151. (Spanish translation
appears in the same international journal issue).
2. Meyer, L. (2017). Resisting westernization and school reforms: Two sides to the
struggle to “communalize” developmentally appropriate initial education in
indigenous Oaxaca, Mexico. Global Education Review, 4(3), 88-107
3. Meyer, L. (2016). Teaching our own babies: Teachers’ life journeys into
community-based initial education in indigenous Oaxaca, Mexico. Global
Education Review, 3(1), 5-26.
UNM map showing building #76, Honors College; paid parking available in the Yale Parking
Structure, #144.

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