Juan Armando Rojas Joo: Professor of Spanish, chief diversity officer, and associate dean for diversity and inclusion

Juan’s journeys as a transborder poet, narrator, and essayist permeate his teaching and his work, including inclusivity. Among his many international experiences, Juan’s literary and cross-cultural travels have taken him into caves, across rivers and deserts, and to the tops of mountains throughout Latin America, Egypt, Iraq, Spain, and his native Mexico.

Masks, crystals, artwork, and other artifacts from around the world greet a visitor to his office — and illuminate the world of learning that guides his teaching. He finds them a comfortable reminder of why he challenges students with projects that blend literature, culture, politics, history, and economics. He is also proud to serve as co-chair of the Delaware County MLK Celebration committee and as trustee for the Central Ohio Symphony. Born in Ciudad Juárez in Mexico, Juan says his interests mirror his own bicultural heritage as Mexican and Chinese — and, of course, there is an artifact for that in his office, too.

– by Lisa Lopez Snyder

(Photo by Paul Vernon)

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