Pearlman Brings Ethnic Education to Sul Ross Campuses

Wearing native dress from Burkina Faso, Nancy Pearlman leads Del Rio participants in an ethnic dance.-Wesley Wynne photo

By Laura Nelson

Nancy Pearlman brought her high-energy enthusiasm to students, faculty, staff, and community members at the Sul Ross State Univ. campuses in Eagle Pass, Del Rio, and Uvalde last week.

An environmental activist, Pearlman wore colorful native dress from Burkina Faso, a country in West Africa. She spoke to students at all three sites about a variety of cultures she has studied and even been a part of, encouraging them to experience life outside their comfort zones. She also spreads that message to women and seniors, inspiring them to push beyond their boundaries. And, she lives what she advocates―at 65, she reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Pearlman has visited more than 90 countries and admits she only speaks English. Instead, she said, “Every culture has dance and it can bridge cultures.” She even danced at 15,000 feet on Kilimanjaro with the guides.

She also advocates for conservation, sustainability, and protection for wildlife and environmental protections. With others, she laid the ground work for the modern environmental movement, well before it was a popular concept. Pearlman said, “I’m proud of being ahead of my time, pushing for what is now normal.”

A video of her Kilimanjaro trek may be seen here:

For more information about Nancy Pearlman, visit her website at