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Beyond Borders:

An NMSU LEADS 2025 Strategic Initiative

The implementation of a supported community of practice is a relatively new concept at NMSU, developed through convenings and discussions started in Fall 2017 and continuing throughout the Fall 2019 semester. The creation of the community of practice, Beyond Borders, will provide 1) member mentorship, 2) support for project incubation, and 3) convening, coalescing, communication, and clearinghouse functions for work that focuses on international, hemispheric, and border regions.

Established by Provost Carol Parker in alignment with the LEADS 2025 Global Challenge, “Healthy Borders,” the Beyond Borders will support faculty and staff who are interested in supporting community around interdisciplinary internationalization of the curriculum, research/creative works, and community engagement and extension.

Beyond Borders will receive programming and logistical support from the Provost’s Office and the Office of the Vice President for Research, and will work with the research office to secure externally funded contracts and grants to facilitate and incubate initiatives that will become financially self-sustainable.

To lead the initiative, Dr. Christopher Brown has been selected as the inaugural Faculty Fellow for the Beyond Borders Community of Practice. Brown became interested in U.S.-Mexico border issues while doing his Ph.D. research in the early 1990s. He has been actively involved in studying binational water resource issues on the U.S.-Mexico border. Brown’s specific areas of interest include binational water resource policy and water quality and supply in U.S.-Mexico border twin city regions. Of special interest to NMSU’s Beyond Borders Community of Practice effort, Brown has worked to develop metrics by which the quality of life of U.S.-Mexico border residents can be measured, specifically developing a human development index for Doña Ana County. Brown has also provided leadership to the Good Neighbor Environment Board, the Association of Borderland Studies, the Western Social Science Association and the Ocotillo Institute for Social Justice.

Read the news release here.