Name: Seth Webb
Title/role at CSU: Assistant Director, Mountain Campus
When did you visit the CSU Todos Santos Center?
My first time in December 2013 was as part of a familiarization trip with faculty from the Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology department to explore opportunities for education abroad programs and collaboration possibilities with the Mountain Campus. I returned on a personal trip in November 2015 with my wife and friends, and led a CSU Family Adventure Week program for faculty and staff over spring break 2017.
What did you do/work on during your trip(s) to Todos Santos?
On my first trip we had the chance to meet with local conservation practitioners, scientists and community members to learn about wildlife conservation issues and sustainable tourism development. Our Family Adventure Week offered the opportunity for faculty and staff families to unplug for spring break while experiencing the cultural and adventure opportunities of the region, including swimming with whale sharks and sea lions, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing.
What did you find most rewarding about your experience in Todos Santos?
The authenticity, friendliness and willingness of the community to engage in cultural exchange really struck me on all of my trips. And amazing access to the natural splendors and abundant adventure activities of Baja California Sur.
What is your favorite thing about the Todos Santos community?
It truly is a pueblo mágico (magical village), with warm, friendly, creative people.
Anything else you would want people to know about CSU’s involvement in Todos Santos?
I know what it takes to manage an operation focused on teaching, research, service and outreach. From my first visit to my most recent, I have been really impressed with all of the Center staff’s focus on serving the Todos Santos community in a genuine way, and their efforts to provide student, faculty and staff opportunities to engage in learning and research in the area. The entire Baja California Sur region is a perfect experiential learning laboratory for our students, faculty and staff to discover how governments and communities grapple with sustainable development and conservation issues in the context of a robust adventure tourism destination.
Seth will be leading the second annual Family Adventure Week in Todos Santos from March 11-17, 2018. For more information, click here.
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.