Congratulations to MAS Faculty Affiliate Dr. Robert Moreira

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Congratulations to MAS Faculty Affiliate Dr. Robert Moreira on the successful completion of his Ph.D. in English from UTSA. The tittle of his dissertation is

“Ambidexterity: Agency, Multi-Ethnic Differential Movements, and Ideology in Baseball Literature, Film, and Performance.” Chair: Dr Ben Olguin; Committee Members: Drs. Norma Cantú, Sonia Saldívar-Hull, and Marco Cervantes.

UTRGV professor receives Community Service Award from NAHRO Texas Chapter

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Congratulations! Dr. Francisco Guajardo, Ph.D., a professor and C. Bascom Slemp Endowed Chair in Education at the UTRGV College of Education and P-16 Integration, has received the 2015 Community Service Award from the Texas Chapter of the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, for his work with the families and staff at the Edinburg Housing Authority.

Meet Sergio our Graduate Teaching Assistant!


Sergio Barrera, a 23 year old resident of Pharr, Texas, is a current graduate student pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies focusing in Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Barrera has been involved in many student organizations including the Latino Fraternity Phi Iota Alpha, La Unión de Chicanxs Hijxs de Aztlán and was even the cheerleading captain as an undergraduate. Barrera is deeply committed to social justice and educational equity for students of color.  He has been accepted into a number of PhD programs with the intent to become a professor and continue mentoring students of color, Latinos in particular, at the post-secondary level.

Meet Diana our Undergrad Office Assistant!


Name: Diana Valencia
Hometown: Riverside, California
Classification: Senior
Major: Mexican American Studies
Career Goals: Non Profit Dog Rescue & Therapy Center
Hobbies: Anything with dogs!
Favorite Quote: “There should be stars for great wars like ours.” – Sandra Cisneros