LAS CRUCES, N.M.—New Mexico State University is set to hold a conference on social justice.

The school is scheduled Friday to start its annual J. Paul Taylor Social Justice Symposium that aims to tackle quality of life issues in southern New Mexico.

The two-day event is expected to draw community and religious leaders to discuss health and economic disparities, food security, education and literacy around Dona Ana County.

Officials also hope to address public transportation problems in the area.

The event is named after J. Paul Taylor, a pioneer economist who studied poverty, Mexican Americans and migrant farmworkers in the 1920s and 1930s. He later became one of the few whites to protest the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II.


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