Ms. Sara Baxley is very familiar with Kosovo. She arrived here in 2012 for an international field exchange with the Milano School of International Affairs. Her responsibilities included an internship at the Kosovo Women’s Network. She returned as a project assistant and project development coordinator with Handikos.
Founded in 1983, Handikos represents and supports people with disabilities by advocating and lobbying for their human rights and providing services through a network centers and local offices throughout Kosovo.
“I loved Kosovo so much, I stayed in 2013-2014 with a Fulbright exchange,” Sara said.
Ms. Baxley was born in Southern Louisiana where she grew up dancing and practicing yoga. During her undergraduate studies, she deepened her studies in Eastern and Western Philosophy. After completing her Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Philosophy from Loyola University, a Jesuit school in New Orleans, she moved to New York City to explore her passion for modern dance. She trained in Russian methods of classical dance. She also auditioned, was accepted, and performed with the Newcomb Dance Company at Tulane University of Liberal Arts in New Orleans.
If that was not enough for this women with a great energy and passion for dance and education, she also completed advanced yoga studies in New York City and became a registered yoga teacher. This persistent study of yoga led to even more intense study in the history of Zen Buddhism.
In addition, Ms. Baxley earned two Master’s degrees from the New School: one from the New School of Social Research and another from the Milano School of International Affairs in New York City. The New School is internationally known for its innovative and interdisciplinary curriculum. One Master’s degree is in Philosophy and the second Master’s degree is in International Affairs, with a Concentration in Conflict Studies.
Ms. Baxley comes to RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) with a varied and impressive background, including a wealth of teaching experience, from classroom instruction in New York City colleges, to high school and middle school teaching in Kosovo.
She explains, “My accomplishments in higher education, the art of dance, and yoga meditation and introspection proficiencies, combined with my studies of the histories of religions, all make for an interesting blend of philosophy, knowledge, and analyses. I’m interested in discovering intersections between Eastern and Western philosophical traditions. I’m always seeking practical ways to apply these ideologies for better understanding and improving our individual lives.”
Sara teaches RIT Kosovo (A.U.K)’s new course in Philosophy, “Introduction to Moral Issues.” She also serves as the International Student Recruitment Coordinator, reaching out to potential students from the United States, as well as other countries.
Mr. Daniel Cosentino, Vice President of Academic Affairs at RIT Kosovo (A.U.K) is proud to announce, “Ms. Baxley’s diverse interests and background will bring a high quality of knowledge and creativity to the classroom. This, of course, will have a positive effect on the success of our students. ‘Introduction to Moral Issues’ is a new course. We are pleased Sara will be the first to teach it. We are fortunate to attract such an outstanding faculty member and honored to have Ms. Baxley join us here at RIT Kosovo (A.U.K).”
Ms. Baxley is married and has a son, eighteen months old. She says, “My son is my greatest teacher.”