Minerva Baumann | NMSU
From the jungles of Colombia to the fields of southern New Mexico, agriculture students who were once victims of the drug trade will visit New Mexico State University April 7-22 as part of its Partners of the Americas and the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund Grant.
“This project Utopia is a rural campus designed for youth who have been adversely affected by the drug industry,”
Blair Stringam, NMSU Plant and Environmental Sciences agricultural engineer, explained the function of a disk filter to one of the students at the Utopia project campus in Yopal, Colombia. (Photo by Mick O’Neill)
said Cornell Menking, NMSU associate provost for International and Border Programs. “We took our team down there for two weeks, as part of the grant they bring their team up here for two weeks.
“This program is a rising star in South America, they won the UNESCO Peace Award and an award from the president of the country.”
NMSU partnered with Universidad de La Salle in Bogota, Colombia, to win an Innovation Fund Grant last year. NMSU’s Office of International and Border Programs spearheaded the grant “Leaders Innovating for the Reinvention of an Agricultural Sustainable Region in Peace,” which proposed the exchange between students and faculty at NMSU and La Salle’s Utopia campus.