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Dominguez Adriana UTEP 2016Adriana Dominguez is a Clinical Professor of Theatre and the Director of Audience Development for the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at El Paso. She teaches Creative Drama, Leadership in Performing Arts Organizations, Women in Drama, Chicano Theatre, Feminist Theory and Drama, Theatre History and Literature I, and Theatre Practicum I-III. Adriana has participated in theatre as an actress, director, producer, designer, and teacher at the elementary, secondary, and university levels for over 20 years. She is the co-founder of both the Chican@/Latin@ Theatre Series and the Children’s Traveling Troupe, which serve to promote artistic connections with the community at no cost. She is also the director of the Department Summer Children’s Camps; collectively these projects reach over 5,000 community members each year. Adriana is a native El Pasoan and is proud to further integrate the arts into the classroom and community. When she is not busy at the theatre, Adriana enjoys reading, participating in local community events, and spending time with her family.




WEBLeyva Yolanda

Yolanda Leyva (Ph.D., History, University of Arizona, 1999) was born and raised in the Ciudad Juarez/El Paso area. She serves as an Associate Professor in the Department of History and as Director of the Institute of Oral History and the Borderlands Public History Lab. She offers courses on public history, oral history, borderlands, and Mexican American history. She is the recent recipient of the Herbert Feis Award from the American Historical Association for “distinguished contributions to public history.” In 2013, she received the “Outstanding Public History Award” from the National Council on Public History as co-founder of Museo Urbano, a museum without walls that highlights the history of the border. She serves on the national boards of the National Council on Public History and the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites.Yolanda is currently directing an oral history project interviewing people who attended segregated “Mexican Schools” in El Paso and West Texas and is collaborating with the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience on creating dialogue projects on the school-to-prison pipeline. Yolanda is grateful that her work allows her to view the beauty and creativity of border people while also acknowledging the struggles we face.



Staudt Kathleen Photo Courtesy of Staudt 2015Kathleen Staudt (Ph.D., Political Science, University of Wisconsin, 1976) came to the Paso del Norte Metropolitan Region in 1977 and considers herself an ‘adopted fronteriza.’ Half of her twenty books and edited volumes focus on the borderlands. Kathy offers courses on public policy, borders, political geography, women, nonprofit management, and teaching democracy. She founded the UTEP Center for Civic Engagement in the late 1990s and directed its academic service-learning opportunities for a decade thereafter. She is active in community organizations. Kathy is one of a half-dozen faculty Returned Peace Corps Volunteers at UTEP. The mother of two adult children, Kathy has always been active in parental engagement and educational policy issues. She taught Schools in Communities for the UTEP College of Education, Department of Teacher Education Department, Political, Cultural, and Linguistic Borders for the Ed.D. program, and upper-division political science courses for future teachers in middle and high school social studies. Kathy loves to travel, read, and write (including a not-yet-published, co-authored short story!), and takes care of her dog Pewter. Visit her blog for more details.




Gonzalez de Bustamante Celeste 2016

Celeste González de Bustamante teaches courses on reporting in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands and Latin America, and television news writing, reporting and production at the University of Arizona School of Journalism. She is also an affiliated faculty member of the UA Center for Latin American Studies. Her research focuses on: the history and development of television news and media in Latin America (mainly Mexico, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and Brazil); and violence against journalists in Mexico. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Celeste was a distinguished visiting professor at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where she taught journalism courses and conducted research on aggressions against journalists in Mexico. She is the current head of the Border Journalism Network/La red de periodistas de la frontera, a binational consortium of journalism educators, professionals and students who are working to improve news coverage of the US–Mexico borderlands. Celeste is the author of Muy buenas noches: Mexico, Television and the Cold War (University of Nebraska Press, 2012) and the co-editor of Arizona Firestorm: Global Immigration Realities, National Media and Provincial Politics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012). She covered the U.S.-Mexico border on commercial and public television for more than 16 years. She enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, and taking students to the border.



Pat Mora Author Photo 2015Pat Mora is former teacher, university administrator, museum director, and consultant. She is a popular national speaker shaped by the U.S.-México border where she was born and spent much of her life. Pat writes for all ages—children, teens and adults. She’s the founder of the family literacy initiative Children’s Day, Book Day / El día de los niños, El día de los libros, (Día). The year-long commitment to linking all children to books, languages and cultures, and of sharing what Pat calls “bookjoy,” culminates in celebrations across the country in April. Pat received Honorary Doctorates in Letters from North Carolina State University and SUNY Buffalo and is an Honorary Member of the American Library Association. The mother of three children and an Austin granddaughter, she is married to anthropologist Vern Scarborough. Pat lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she savors the Southwest landscape, reading and working on new manuscripts. She enjoys family/friend time, reading, gardening, cooking, and living. Pat tweets @patmora_author. Find her on Facebook and read her blog.




Perales Monica 2016

Monica Perales is an associate professor of history at the University of Houston, and is the Associate Director for the UH Center for Public History. Her first book, Smeltertown: Making and Remembering a Southwest Border Community (University of North Carolina Press, September 2010), received the Kenneth Jackson Award for Best Book in North American Urban History from the Urban History Association. Monica’s general research and teaching interests include Chicana/o labor and social history, immigration, American West, Borderlands, food studies and oral history. She is presently working on a book on Mexican American women, labor, and foodways in the U.S. Southwest in the 20th century. Monica has been involved with teacher enrichment programs through her work with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Since 2006, she has presented at numerous one-day and three-day Teacher Institutes across the state, and served as the faculty director of the 2016 Institute named “America from Jefferson to Jackson,” which was held on the campus of the University of Houston. She enjoys traveling, practicing yoga, and “researching” Houston’s vibrant food scene.