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Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) Makes 10


By Osiris Cordova Torres, The Dateline

Nearing its 10th anniversary, the Bilingual Student Education Organization (BESO) is calling all bilingual education students to join the professional network.

In fact, BESO President Paloma Esparza-Guerra looks forward to providing support for future educators to thrive at UHD. “BESO offers students the opportunity to create a living-learning community where you belong and become engaged students with strong leadership skills,” Esparza-Guerra said.

BESO was established in 2013 by retired UHD Associate Professor of Urban Education Maria Bhattacharjee to support bilingual educators in their professional development, community service, and continuing education. Starting with only a few members, the organization now comprises more than 80 aspiring educators dedicated to the pursuit of knowledge. 

According to Esparza-Guerra, “BESO fosters close relationships among students while providing support and a sense of community, which in turn prompts kindness and patience—the roots of education.”

Emily Villarreal Islas, BESO’s social media marketer, had much to say about the organization’s positive influence on her life. “Discovering BESO was a huge win for me,” Villareal Islas said. “The teaching field is not a walk in the park, and BESO has been a huge support system for me.”

BESO hosts events with teachers in the field to educate members and provide insight in understanding the classroom environment. Members are granted access to scholarship opportunities to further their education.

To learn more, email BESO at uhdbeso@gmail.com, follow on Instagram @uhdbeso, or chat online.

This story is a partnership between UHD News and The Dateline.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.