Ana L. Diaz is the administrative service coordinator in the Department of English at UTEP. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and was raised in a bilingual and bicultural home in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México, and El Paso, Texas, USA. A graduate of Jefferson High School (El Paso ISD), Ana pursued her studies at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) where she earned a bachelor’s degree (2012) in sociology with a minor in legal reasoning. Her research interests include women’s history and immigration and borderlands studies. She has served as research assistant in coding data in political psychology. Along with her son, she is active in community engagement and leadership with the El Paso Humane Society, St. Ignatius Church and Rescue Mission and leads toy and clothing drives in the Paso del Norte Region. In 2015, Ana received the Outstanding Support Award from the UTEP College of Liberal Arts. She looks forward to pursuing a master’s degree in higher education administration.
Juan Carlos Varela is a doctoral student in Borderlands History at the University of Texas-El Paso under the advisement of Dr. Sandra McGee Deutsch. His research interests include early twentieth-century Central America, imperialism, and examining how borderlands affect state sovereignty. In addition to pursuing his PhD, Varela has worked with different organizations in continuing to preserve local history, as well as to make that history more accessible to all community members.
We'd like to extend our appreciation to the El Paso Historical Commission for images used on this website.
“Unrefined” appears in My Own True Name: New and Selected Poems for Young Adults, 1984–1999 by Pat Mora, ©2000 by Piñata Books, Arte Público Press, University of Houston.