A Message from NDI New Mexico

NDI New Mexico exists to support children in our community. We believe that all children deserve the opportunity to experience excellence and success in life. We are guided by our belief in children as well as our commitment to social responsibility.

We are committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility. We stand with the Black Lives Matter movement, and want to add our voice to the dialogue demanding that as a society, we dismantle systems of racial inequities which oppress and traumatize communities of color in our state and in our country. We believe that this dialogue will result in growth within our own organization, and in the communities with whom we partner, to even better serve New Mexico’s children. We are committed to engaging in this public discourse, listening to communities of color, examining ourselves as an organization, and taking active steps to be a part of the change being rightly demanded by people of color in this country.

We believe that arts and education are key parts of the solutions to overcoming inequality. When children are given the same support and tools for growth and achievement, are taught to honor diversity, and are given models of integrity and inclusion to look up to, they not only discover their own potential, they also discover and respect the potential of those around them.. This is a critical part of the experience we strive to bring to every student in our program.

Right now, we want our students, staff, donors and community to know that we recognize that you and your loved ones are experiencing deep pain and trauma along with people around the country. We stand in solidarity with those who are suffering from the impacts of systemic racism and commit to being a partner in dialogue and in action.

These are the words of an NDI New Mexico Celebration Team graduate from this year:

“At NDI, no one cares about your skin color or where you come from. They care about your safety, if you’re trying your best, and if you’re willing to take a deep breath and try again.”

We are both humbled and proud to have had this impact on this child. We also recognize that this is a time that we must actively re-examine our work, our role in the community, and re-dedicate ourselves to being an active part of creating the country we believe our children deserve to grow up in, and to strive, over and over again, to live up to this child’s words.

Russell Baker, Executive Director
Liz Salganek, Artistic Director
Mary Gulledge, Director of Advancement
Brian Jensen, Chief of Staff

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