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PORTALES—Dr. Julia Rosa Lopez-Emslie has been named one of the top 20 women in New Mexico. Lopez-Emslie is among 20 winners of the 19th Annual Governor's Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women.
Lopez-Emslie is a professor of education at Eastern New Mexico University. She is being honored for her innovation and commitment to the Bilingual Education Student Organization and numerous other multi-cultural programs. These programs include the Escalera al Exito (Career Ladder Program) and the Southern New Mexico Consortium for Bilingual Education.
Winners of the Governor's Award will be honored during a banquet on May 7 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Albuquerque.
LÚpez-Emslie has worked at ENMU for 23 years. During this time, she has developed a four-course program to teach bilingual education to public school teachers. She also served as executive director of a 30-minute documentary titled "Planting Seeds of Success Through Language," which portrays students learning English and Spanish at the Dolores Gonzales Elementary School in Albuquerque.