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College of Education faculty member to travel to Colombia in June

New Mexico State University College of Education Associate Professor Azadeh Osanloo is packing her bags for two weeks in Bogota, Colombia, where she will serve as a visiting professor at the Universidad de La Salle during the first two weeks of June.

This is a head and shoulders photo of Azadeh Osanloo, associate professor at New Mexico State University's College of Education.
Associate Professor Azadeh Osanloo, Department of Educational Management and Development in the College of Education, has been accepted as visiting professor for Universidad de La Salle in Bogota, Colombia, for the 2013 summer school. She will teach a class on social justice leadership.

Osanloo, from the Department of Educational Management and Development, will be one of eight NMSU faculty teaching or conducting research at the university this summer - some are going in June, and the others in July.

"I'm going to be working with faculty there and teaching them social justice leadership in a global society," Osanloo said. "I was asked to teach this course to other faculty members, which is really exciting."

Osanloo said the Universidad de La Salle, is operated under the auspices of the Order of the La Sallian Mission, which focuses on issues of social justice, also the focus of Osanloo's teaching, research and service.

"I think it'll be different in a sense of the things we're concerned with culturally here, they might have different concerns in terms of what a global society means, or what social justice means in Colombia. From the research I've done so far, I know they're interested in issues of socioeconomic class, social status and issues of poverty," she said. "While a lot of my research focuses on race, gender and social class, I'll probably gear this course a little more toward issues of social class and accessibility for all students."

Osanloo hopes that this trip will be the first step to a long relationship with the Universidad de La Salle. She has spoken to the International and Border Programs office to see about building a cohort of people from Colombia who might want to come to NMSU to get a degree.

"I'm most looking forward to interacting with the people who also do social justice work, but most likely from a different lens than I approach it," she said. "I'm excited about learning new skills, ideas and knowledge I can bring back to NMSU."