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Community invited to discussion on teaching students in poverty

The community is invited to a free discussion with educator and social justice advocate Paul Gorski on teaching students in poverty from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at New Mexico State University?s O?Donnell Hall Room 111.

Head photo of Paul Gorski with his hand on his chin.
Educator and social justice advocate Paul Gorski will participate in a free community discussion from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at New Mexico State University?s O?Donnell Hall Room 111. (Courtesy Photo)

The event is the final part of ?Exploring Equity, Community & Hope in New Mexico,? a series of community gatherings, hosted this spring by New Mexico State University College of Education associate professor Azadeh Osanloo, who serves as the Stan Fulton Chair for the Improvement of Border and Rural Schools. There is limited space for this final event, so an RSVP is requested at azadeh@nmsu.edu.

Gorski is an associate professor at New Century College, George Mason University. Gorski?s work and passion is social justice activism. His areas of scholarly focus include anti-poverty activism and education, economic justice, racial justice, environmental justice and animal rights.
He helped design New Century College?s social justice concentration and minor around these topics. He also is interested in the ways in which mindfulness practices can strengthen the resiliency of social justice activists. Gorski founded EdChange, a coalition of educators and activists who develop free social justice resources. He currently is serving his second term on the board of directors of the International Association for Intercultural Education and serves on the editorial boards of several journals.

Osanloo said the events are intended to support the development of new relationships and networks in southern New Mexico, particularly between educators and the community, to share current experiences and collaborate in support of success for all students.

Osanloo was named the Stan Fulton Chair in 2013. The chair was established to enhance communication among NMSU faculty, staff and students and pre-kindergarten through 12th grade constituents to improve border and rural schools. In this capacity, the chair works to expand, improve and coordinate existing outreach programs and research activities.