CSU in Todos Santos: Dr. Nancy Irlbeck

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Name:  Nancy Irlbeck

Title/Role at CSU:  I served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for over 10 years. Now I have returned to the faculty as an Associate Professor in Animal Sciences.

Dr. Irlbeck and Elizabeth
During each of Dr. Nancy Irlbeck’s trips to Todos Santos, Mexico, she and El Pescadero farmer Elizabeth Ibarra Vivanco, the owner of Agricole, and a strawberry farmer and entrepreneur, spend time collaborating and determining opportunities to work together.

When did you visit the CSU Todos Santos Center?

Three times: 2013, 2014, 2015

What did you do/work on during your trips to Todos Santos?

Represent agriculture and initiate plans for the farm, building relationships for the agriculture program and local community. Initiate AGRI510 Sustainable Agriculture for graduate students in College of Agricultural Sciences.

What have you learned at CSU that you can apply in Todos Santos?

Knowledge of my discipline and working with students and peoples from around the world.

What did you learn at Todos Santos that you can apply to CSU?

An appreciation for what education does, and I learned that if a people is not allowed to keep their pride, all doors are blocked.

Irlbeck with local farmers in Todos Santos.
Irlbeck with local farmers in Todos Santos.

What would you want people to know about the CSU involvement in Todos Santos?

That we have worked to ensure that our relationship is two-way – we learn from them as much as they learn from us.

What did you find most rewarding about your experience in Todos Santos?

A sense of awe …

What is your favorite thing about the Todos Santos community?

Openness and willingness to share.

If you return to Todos Santos, what would you plan to work on?

Agriculture with a focus on animal production and student development.


About the CSU Todos Santos Center

The Colorado State University Todos Santos Center is the university’s first international location and is core to CSU’s mission of teaching, research, service, and outreach.

The Center provides opportunities for CSU students and Baja California Sur residents to collaborate with local partners and businesses to identify needs, conduct research, and produce impactful outcomes.

CSU’s vision in Todos Santos is to cultivate generations of global citizens and to be a part of creating thriving communities through collaboration, experience, and exchange of knowledge in areas such as agriculture, infectious disease, elementary education, environmental and social sustainability, wildlife ecology, veterinary medicine, and public health.