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					                                               International Briefs
                                                      Office of International and Border Programs
                                                                                                         March 2010
Live, Learn and Thrive.


In this Issue:

         1
                       News from the Dean for
Internationalization
   at NMSU:              International & Border Programs
 A Continuing
  Discussion                 Internationalization at NMSU: A Continuing Discussion
       2
 Immigration
  and Human                                         Per request of President Barbara Couture and Interim Executive
 Rights on the                                      Vice President and Provost Jay Jordan, our Office of Interna-
    Border                                          tional and Border Programs and the International Relations Insti-
                                                    tute (IRI) took the first step in developing an “internationalization
         3                                          plan” for New Mexico State University by organizing and hosting
NMSU Continues                                      a campus-wide internationalization forum which took place on
 its Work on the
                                                    Friday afternoon, February 12th, in the Senate Gallery of Corbett
   U.S./Mexico
      Border                                        Center. The forum was attended by approximately 50 faculty
                                                    members, student leaders, and interested staff. The agenda for the
         &                                          afternoon forum included a brief overview, purpose, and rationale
   Confucius                                        for organizing the forum at this time; an assessment of the current
    Institute                                       state of “internationalization” at NMSU; small group work, with
   Celebrates                                       the charge to each group to develop goals (both short and long
   Year of the         term) and action steps to meet those goals; and finally group presentations and next steps.
      Tiger
                       Delano Lewis, IRI Director, and I initiated the forum with introductions of the participants fol-
       4               lowed by a brief overview, purpose, and rationale for the forum. Leaders of the different inter-
      Full             nationally- and globally-focused campus-based programs then described their current initia-
 Scholarships          tives and future plans. Among those reporting out were Neil Harvey, Director of the Center for
 for Graduate          Latin American and Border Studies; Rich Phillips, who heads up the Aggies Go Global pro-
     Study             gram in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences; Elvira
        5              Hammond, co-director of the Confucius Institute; Armando Martinez, Director of the New
  International        Mexico/Chihuahua Program Support Office; Paul Huntsberger, assistant dean for study
     Festival          abroad; Mary Jaspers, director of international student and scholar services; and Delano Lewis,
                       director of the IRI. Since I had previously prepared a written summary of our international and
                       border programs for an earlier meeting of the International Programs Advisory Committee
                       (also published in last month’s International Briefs), I chose to distribute this summary to
For news
contributions
                       those present rather than taking the time to report out.
and/or comments        What was so very obvious from the aforementioned reports, as well as what is known about
on this newsletter,
                       other NMSU international programs and initiatives (for the most part, externally-funded inter-
e-mail cip-
adm@nmsu.edu
                       nationally-focused research initiatives that bring in well over $20 million per year), is that
or send                “internationalization” is alive and well at NMSU, albeit very dispersed. Moreover, it was obvi-
comments to            ous that a major problem, related to the aforementioned disperse nature of NMSU’s interna-
MSC 3567.              tional initiatives, was the lack of communication regarding international programs across the
                       NMSU campus. Many of those present were unaware of both the depth and breadth of
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NMSU’s international programs. Indeed, very few people,         Immigration and Human Rights on the Border
if any, had knowledge of all of NMSU’s international and        The Center for Latin American and Border Studies and
global programs. On the one hand, the participants were         the International Relations Institute at New Mexico State
pleasantly surprised with just how “international” we are       University invite you to the conference “Immigration Re-
at NMSU; on the other hand, participants felt that a better     form and Human Rights on the Border” on March 4 and 5
means of coordination, collaboration, and communication         at Anderson Hall Auditorium (located on the south side of
are desperately needed on our campus.                           Stewart Street, near the corner of south Espina, Las Cru-
                                                                ces). The conference is free and open to the public. Pres-
The next step in the Forum was to break up into smaller
                                                                entations will also be translated into Spanish.
groups to work on the aforementioned “charge”: Develop
goals (both short and long term) and describe concrete          Speakers at the conference will include writer and photo-
action steps to meet those goals. Faculty members had           journalist David Bacon, author of several books including
been previously invited to facilitate, coordinate, and report   Children of NAFTA: Labor Wars on the US-Mexico Bor-
on the work of their groups. The four faculty members           der (2004), Communities without Borders: Images and
who agreed to do so were Jeanne Gleason (College of Ag-         Voices from the World of Migration (2006) and Illegal
ricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences), Elvira       People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Crimi-
Hammond (College of Arts and Sciences), Bill Eamon              nalizes Migrants (2008). An exhibit of his work docu-
(Honors College), and Bob Czerniak (College of Arts and         menting the lives of Mixtec migrants in California will to
Sciences). The day ended with each of the four facilitators     be held at 3 p.m. March 4, at the Center for Latin Ameri-
reporting on the conclusions of their group.                    can and Border Studies (Nason House, University Ave-
                                                                nue, directly across from FedEx Kinko’s). You can also
 The Internationalization Forum was not an end; rather it
                                                                view some of his work at http://dbacon.igc.org/
was a single, albeit important, step toward the goal of
making NMSU a truly international university. And the           David Bacon will also give a presentation entitled "The
second step was to develop an internationalization plan for     Human Rights Alternative to Displacement and Criminali-
NMSU to be used by President Couture to guide her               zation," at 7.00 pm on Thursday March 4, at the Anderson
thinking in planning for the future. The next step in this      Hall Auditorium.
process took place barely 12 hours later, Saturday morn-
ing in a meeting room in the Corbett Center, when the           The conference will continue at 9.00 am on Friday March
four facilitators, Delano Lewis and his associate/assistant     5 at the Anderson Hall Auditorium. The first panel will
director Paul Kolp, Ken Hammond, Paul Kuhns                     focus on the impacts of out-migration on indigenous com-
(representing the student point-of-view), and myself con-       munities in highland Chiapas, Mexico. Anthropologists
vened to discuss the report and to begin the process of         Jan Rus and Diane Rus have spent close to 40 years work-
writing a draft of the internationalization plan.               ing with indigenous Mayan communities in Chiapas in
                                                                collaborative research projects that provide unique per-
At this point, a draft plan has been developed by this          spectives on globalization, political conflict and migra-
working group. This draft plan will be used for discussion      tion.
purposes with President Couture. The meeting with the
President has been scheduled for the first week in March.       The second panel, at 10:15, features Dr. David Ayón
In my column this month, it would be premature to dis-          (Loyola Marymount University), who will provide an up-
cuss the contents of the report since it is intended to be      dated overview and analysis of the failure to produce im-
used exclusively for discussion purposes with the Presi-        migration reform in the US. He will also examine the sig-
dent. In the months ahead, I will keep the readers of           nificance of immigration issue for bilateral relations be-
International Briefs informed as the planning for the           tween the US and Mexico and discuss how cooperation
future of internationalization at NMSU goes forward.            between the two countries can be promoted. A book sale
                                                                will be held at 11:30-12:30 at the same location as the
                                                                conference panels (Anderson Hall Auditorium). This will
                                                                include works on immigration of the conference partici-
                                                                pants and some by other immigration scholars.
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                                                              If truth be told, NMSU is one of a very few U.S. universi-
Jeffrey Davidow, former US ambassador to Mexico, and          ties continuing to work with our partners in Mexico, much
currently director of the Institute of the Americas in San    to the chagrin of our neighbors to the south. One really
Diego, will also address the bilateral relationship between   cannot be critical of the decisions made by our U.S. uni-
the US and Mexico at an invitation-only lunch.                versity colleagues to suspend their activities in Mexico.
                                                              To the contrary, suspending activities in Mexico, espe-
The afternoon sessions begin at 2:30 at the Anderson Hall     cially the borderlands in light of the concentration of vio-
Auditorium with a panel of NMSU faculty. The goal of this     lence in the Mexican border cities, is understandable.
panel is to present current research at NMSU on immigra-      However, suspending activities in Mexico is not the same
tion and human rights. There will be presentations by Dr.     as suspending activities with Mexico. And that is pre-
Pat Sandau-Beckler and Monica Montoya (School of Social       cisely what we at NMSU are trying to do—continuing to
Work) on child protection issues on the border; Dr. Alison    work with our Mexican friends and neighbors to maintain
Newby (Sociology) on detention policies; and Dr. Neil Har-    and enhance our international education programs despite
vey (Government and CLABS) and several of his students        the horrific violence in which they currently live.
on a youth media project concerning human rights on the
border.                                                      In making his presentation to a completely full room of
                                                             interested international center directors, Egginton allowed
The final session will start at 4:15 and is intended to be a that it was obvious that the interest level was high and that
roundtable discussion of the kinds of reforms necessary to people were truly listening and engaged. As evidence of
upholding human rights. The panel will begin with com- this, he received a note from the panel organizer, Ambas-
ments and proposals from former US ambassador Jonny sador Linda Jewel, currently Vice President of ISEP (the
Young, currently the Director of Migrant and Refugee Ser- International Student Exchange Program) and former U.S.
vices of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Vicki Ambassador to Ecuador, that read in part:
Gaubeca, director of the Regional Center for Border Rights
of the American Civil Liberties Union-New Mexico. Each Your presentation of the cross-border work that you
session will also allow 15 minutes for questions from the [NMSU] are doing in Mexico was, honestly, inspiring. I
audience. In addition to online registration, the conference think the audience had the same reaction. The commit-
Web site provides the conference agenda, speaker biogra- ment of NMSU to continue working on these critical but
phies, directions to Anderson Hall, and parking informa- difficult issues is most impressive.
tion:
                                                             We as a university family should feel good as we continue
http://iri.nmsu.edu/immigration-reform-and-h.html.
                                                             to work with our Mexican friends and neighbors during
For more information, contact Roberta Gran by phone at (575) these difficult times. It’s the right thing to do!
646-7041, e-mail rgran@ad.nmsu.edu; or Neil Harvey at (575)
646-6816, email nharvey@nmsu.edu  
 
 NMSU Continues its Work on the                             Confucius Institute Celebrates
 U.S./Mexico Border                                         Year of the Tiger
 At the annual meeting of the Association of International This month the Confucius Institute celebrated the arrival
Education Administrators held in Washington, DC from          of the Year of the Tiger at Desert Hills Elementary School
February 15 – 17, Everett Egginton, Dean of International     where children K through 2nd grade paraded in a Dragon
and Border Programs, was invited to speak about               Dance through the halls of the school, led by their C. I. @
NMSU’s borderland initiatives, specifically its work with     NMSU teachers Jinyun Wang and Xiaofei Rao. Dr. Paul
the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, the most recent        Huntsberger, Dr. Charles Townley, CI Co-Directors
initiative being the “NMSU/UACH Global Conversation:          Elvira Hammond and Zhuoliang Mao attended along with
Creating Communities of Peace,” which Dean Egginton           members of the community and the the LCPS School
described in his November 2009 International Briefs           Board. See KRWG TV 22’s coverage:
column.                                                       http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jke2NDYFDRE .
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                                                             MASDAR Institute in Abu Dhabi Announces
                                                             Full Scholarships for Graduate Study
                                                             Full Scholarships for Graduate Study at MASDAR
                                                             Institute in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute
                                                             of Technology at Carbon Neutral, Zero Waste City
                                                             The MASDAR Institute is the centerpiece of the MAS-
                                                             DAR Initiative, a landmark program by the government of
                                                             Abu Dhabi to establish an entirely new economic sector
     “Dr. Charles Townley, Elvira Hammond, and Dr. Paul      dedicated to alternative and sustainable energy. The MAS-
    Huntsberger in the Dragon Dance Crowd at Desert Hills    DAR Institute is a private, not-for-profit, independent, re-
                     Elementary School”.
                                                             search-driven institute developed with the support and co-
The CI also celebrated the unveiling of the Chinese Qin      operation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dynasty terra cotta warrior replica at the Honors College    (MIT). MIT provides assistance in recruitment of faculty
with Dr. Ken Hammond giving a talk on the historical sig-    members and senior administrative staff and the provision
nificance of the statues, and the Honors College hosting a   of course curriculum, amongst other matters. The Institute
reception at which NMSU Chinese language students and        is located inside the world's first carbon neutral, zero
their teacher, Qing Wang, taught the guests to sing a new    waste Masdar City, which will be powered solely by alter-
year’s song in Mandarin.                                     native energy, mainly solar energy. Eighty-eight students
                                                             from 22 countries were admitted into the Fall 2009 intake,
NMSU’s Chinese teachers also joined the CI in presenting     all on full scholarships
an exhibition on Chinese Culture at Alma d’arte Charter
High School’s open house. Teachers created presenta-         The Institute offers MSc programs, and in fall 2010 is
tions on Chinese food, fashion, pop stars, government and    planning to start PhD programs in science and engineering
holidays for the students, teachers and community to gen-    disciplines, with a focus on advanced energy and sustain-
erate increased interest in Chinese studies. Alma d’arte     able technologies. It welcomes and encourages applica-
has been offering Chinese language classes for three years   tions from qualified students and provides scholarships to
through the Confucius Institute at NMSU.                     talented students who meet its high admission standards.

Last but not least, the CI @ NMSU welcomed 2 more            Students accepted into the Masdar Institute will be
                                                             offered a full scholarship which includes the following:
teachers from China to their team. They will assist in
                                                              100% tuition fee scholarship
programs both on campus and in the community.”
                                                              Textbooks
                                                              Laptop
                                                              Medical Insurance
                                                              Housing
                                                              International students will receive reimbursement of
                                                             travel expenses (economy class air-ticket) into Abu Dhabi
                                                             and back home after completion of studies. Travel ex-
                                                             penses (return economy class air-ticket) back to the stu-
                                                             dent's home country at the end of the 1st year of studies
                                                             will also be reimbursed.
                                                              Reimbursement of TOEFL and GRE exam fees (upon
       “Elvira Hammond and Runge Zhu celebrating the Year    registration at Masdar Institute and submission of original
             of the at Desert Hills Elementary School”       receipts)
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 A competitive stipend per month (cost of living allow-
ance).
 No bond or conditions to the scholarship upon Gradua-
   tion
Details of faculty profiles, current research, programs
offered, course description, scholarships, and other infor-
mation including an online application module is available
at www.masdar.ac.ae.

Any questions about the MASDAR Institute and scholar-
ships may be directed to admissions@masdar.ac.ae.

International Festival
International Student Services and ASNMSU are sponsor-
ing NMSU’s annual celebration of the countries and cul-
tures represented on campus, with the annual International
Festival. The event will take place on Saturday, March 13,
in the Corbett Student Center ballrooms, from 12:00 to
4:00.
This event (originally called Mini-World) has a long his-
tory at NMSU and is a popular event for the campus and
Las Cruces Community. Approximately 20 countries or
cultural groups take the opportunity to organize highly
educational and informative displays, and to interact with
visitors to share their cultures. NMSU’s international stu-
dent population currently includes approximately 1200 stu-
dents, from more than 75 countries.
The event also includes food samples, art and artifacts dis-
plays, games, native fashions, and entertainment. It is free
and open to the public. Families with children are
especially welcome.
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