Recent data shows that over 50,000 incidents of bullying and harassment in New Mexico schools go unreported every year.

That is why, with multi-year funding from the State Equality Fund and Santa Fe Community Foundation's Envision Fund, EQNM Foundation and partners are leading a three-year initiative to help make New Mexico's public schools safer and more beneficial for all students, particularly for those who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender nonconforming.

Goals of the Initiative

  • Create a greater understanding of Safe Schools practices and culture through education and outreach.
  • Build momentum for statewide, systemic changes in how we approach bullying (violence) prevention in the schools.
  • Adopt and implement model transgender and gender nonconforming student policy statewide.
  • Provide model policy development and implementation support for New Mexico's public schools.

Prevention Starts with Education

Through the collaboration of the organizations a part of the New Mexico Safe Schools Initiative, we are able to facilitate trainings, workshops, panels, and presentations in LGBTQ cultural competency, bullying prevention and safe schools, transgender student protections, suicide prevention, GSA club development, Safe Zones, and more. Check out what we can offer →

I AM ME: Understanding the Intersections of Gender, Sexuality & Identity

An educational training film that explores the challenges that our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, etc. (LGBTQ+) young people face, and how adults can be supportive allies. More information →

Other Resources