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Special Acknowledgements:

The LMAS Program was established thanks to the effort of the following people:

Dr. Warren Burggren, University of North Texas, Former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Provost and VP Academic Affairs Office

Dr. Yolanda Flores Niemann, University of North Texas, Former Senior Vice-Provost, Provost and VP Academic Affairs Office

Dr. Jim Poirot, University of North Texas Faculty Director, Provost and VP Academic Affairs Office

Dr. Jean Schaake, Associate Dean, University of North Texas College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Dr. Dr. Don Edwards, Associate Dean College of Arts & Sciences, Chair of the Department of Mathematics
& Computer Sciences, Special Assistant to Provost atTexas Woman's Univeristy.


Yolanda Flores Niemann (Ph.D., Psychology, 1992, University of Houston) is Senior Vice Provost and Professor of Psychology at the University of North Texas (UNT). Prior to joining the UNT administrative team in summer 2012, she served as Vice Provost and as Dean of the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Utah State University, and held numerous administrative positions at Washington State University. At Washington State, Utah State, and the University of Houston she also served as a faculty member of various academic units including Psychology, Comparative Ethnic Studies, Women's Studies, Disability Studies, Mexican American Studies, and Black Studies. She has been Principal Investigator of over 40 million dollars in federal outreach grants. Dr. Flores Niemann has served on the Washington State Governor's Commission on Hispanic Affairs and on multiple committees of the American Psychological Association and the Society of Indian Psychologists, and was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow. Her research interests include the effects and social ecological contexts of stereotypes across various domains, the psychological effects of tokenism, and overcoming obstacles to higher education for low socio-economic status group members. Her most recent book (coedited) is Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia. Narratives from this book have been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Diversity In Academe, The Gender Issue, and was an editors' pick in CHOICE Magazines. Other books include Black/Brown Relations and Stereotypes, and Chicana Leadership. She has notable chapters in To Improve the Academy; The Handbook of Chicana and Chicano Psychology and Mental Health; The Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Minority Psychology; and Everyday Acts Against Racism: Raising Children in a Multiracial World. Her articles have been published in multiple refereed journals including: Journal of Applied Psychology; Journal of Applied Social Psychology; Sociological Perspectives; Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin; The Journal for the Theory of Social Behavior; Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies, and Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences. Coedited journal special issues include: The Journal of Social Issues - "Inequities in Higher Education: Issues and Promising Practices in a World Ambivalent about Affirmative Action" and The Counseling Psychologist, an issue focusing on Latina/Latino mental health.

Dr. Alicia Re Cruz, Full Professor, Anthropology Department, University of North Texas. Dr. Re Cruz's areas of expertise are: Applied Anthropology, Anthropological Theory, Immigration (USA and EU), Intercultural Education, Latinos in Texas, Indigenous Peasants and Migrants, Yucatec Maya, and Mexico-Latin America. She is the author of Two Milpas of Chan Kom: A Study of Socioeconomic and Political Transformations in a Maya Community (1996) and the video producer of an ethnographic documentary The Maya Dreams of Chan Kom (2006). She is the author of numerous articles on indigenous and transnational migration and is currently member of an international and interdisciplinary research team focused on intercultural education and school policies.

Dr. Valerie Martinez-Ebers, Full Professor, Department of Political Science, University of North Texas, Co-Editor of the American Political Science Review. Dr. Martinez has published widely on education policy, Latino/a politics, women in politics, and methods of survey research. She is co-author of Politicas: Latina Public Officials in Texas (2008); Latino Lives in America: Making it Home (2010) and Latinos in the New Millennium: an Almanac of Opinion, Behavior and Policy Preferences (2012). She also edited Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity and Religion: Identity Politics in America (2009).

Dr. Roberto Calderon, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of North Texas. Dr. Calderon research interests are: United States: History of the Mexican People, Political, Labor, Social and Cultural. United States: Social and Labor History of the 19th and 20th Centuries. He is the author of Mexican Coal Mining Labor in Texas and Coahuila, 1880- 1930 and South Texas Coal Mining: A Community History.

Dr. Mariela Nuñez-Janes , Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Co-Director of Ethnic Studies Minor, University of North Texas. Dr. Nuñez-Janes (profe) specializes in race, ethnicity, and education. Her areas of interest also include Latinos, feminist pedagogies, and participatory action research. Dr. Nuñez-Janes' applied research focuses on the following interdisciplinary and pedagogical areas: 1) formations of race and ethnicity and emerging forms of racism in educational settings, 2) educational experiences of Latinos/as and other marginalized populations, and 3) innovative pedagogies and research methodologies that promote educational equity.

Dr. Jaime Javier Rodriguez, Assistant Professor, Department of English. University of North Texas. Dr. Rodriguez's research interests include Mexican-American literature; the literature and culture of South Texas; globalization and the arts; and Mexican-United States border literature. He is the author of The Literatures of the U.S. Mexican War: Narrative, Time and Identity.

Dr. Lorenzo Garcia, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Dance and Theatre, University of North Texas Dr. Garcia has been involved in theatre education as a theatre teacher, theatre-for-youth director, textbook consultant, and researcher. His publications have appeared in Youth Theatre Journal, Stage of the Art, Research in Drama Education, Multicultural Perspectives, and Teaching & Learning: The Journal of Natural Inquiry.

Dr. Leticia Anaya, Senior Lecturer and Interim LMAS Director, Department of Engineering Technology, University of North texas, has more than 15 years experience teaching engineering and engineering technology courses both at the undergraduate and graduate level. She is also the co-advisor for the UNT Society of Hispanic Engineers, an organization is that involved in many recruitment and retention activities for UNT. She has extensive experience creating mechanical prototypes for industry and is currently the faculty advisor for the Society of Automotive Engineers at UNT (SAE UNT), an organization that developed the first SAE Formula vehicle that allowed the UNT College of Engineering to compete in an international intercollegiate competition. Other experience consists of engineering and management work in industry, academia, the community and the military. Her research areas are in text data mining, engineering education pedagogy, and engineering management topics.


Dr. Gabriel A. Carranza, Assistant Vice Provost for Global Engagement and Adjunct Research Professor in Biological Sciences, University of North Texas. Dr. Carranza provides oversight to initiatives in Europe and Latin America for the university and represents UNT-I in local and international organizations based in Texas. Dr. Carranza assists UNT in building partnerships with industry, agencies, organizations and governments in Latin America. He leads the only international development program for faculty at UNT, the Faculty Abroad Seminar to Mexico. He is currently pursuing the second stage of a Fulbright program in Brazil.

Dr. Priscilla Solis Ybarra, Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of North Texas. Dr. Ybarra's research is on Chicana/o contributions to environmental thought, and her publications include "Erasure by U.S. Legislation: Ruiz de Burton's Nineteenth-Century Novels and the Lost Archive of Mexican American Environmental Knowledge," Environmental Criticism for the Twenty-First Century_ (2010); "Borderlands as Bioregion: Jovita González, Gloria Anzaldúa, and the Twentieth Century Ecological Revolution in the Rio Grande Valley" MELUS_(2009); and a book chapter "Lo Que Quiero es Tierra: Longing and Belonging in Cherríe Moraga's Ecological Vision" New Perspectives on Environmental Justice: Gender, Sexuality, and Activism (2004). Dr. Ybarra has lectured on Chicana/o environmental approaches at many U.S. and international universities and currently teaches courses on Latina/o Literature and environmental literary studies. http://

Dr. David J. Molina, Associate Professor, Economics Department, University of North Texas. Dr. Molina is a past president of the Association of Borderland Scholars (ABS) and the American Society of Hispanic Economists. He is the chair of the year of the book committee of the ABS . His has over 30 professional peer reviewed articles, over 50 chapters in books and other publications and 3 books. His interest are immigration from Mexico to the US, Mexican micro-enterprises and remittances, income distribution in Mexico , Consumer behavior in Mexico and of Hispanics, wages of Hispanics in the US, U.S. Mexico Border Economic Issues and the economics of sports.

Dr. Guillermo Oyarce, Associate Professor, Library and Information Science Department, University of North Texas. Dr. Oyarce works on human-information interaction issues. He is an international speaker in conferences and higher education institutions around the world to discuss issues of inclusion, access to information, the digital divide, and the use of computer technology for information seeking. He is currently working on interfaces for information discovery on collections of Electronic Theses and Dissertations.

Dr. Sandra C. Mendiola García, Assistant Professor, History Department, University of North Texas. Dr. Mendiola's areas of expertise are: History of Latin America, Mexico, Women and Gender, and Labor. Her research focuses on the political activities of street vendors in modern Mexico. At UNT she teaches Colonial and Modern Latin American History, Revolutions in Twentieth-Century Latin America, and Women and Gender in Latin America.

Mr. Jose Lineros, Lecturer, Accounting Department, University of North Texas. Mr. Lineros holds an MBA in Telecommunications and a BBA in Accounting. His certifications include CPA, CISA, CIA, and CRISC. Additionally, he is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) with a concentration in Network Infrastructure Architecture. His areas of research interest are centered on learning and technology in which he has published numerous articles in the National Forum of Teacher Education Journal, The Global eLearning Journal, and The Journal of Social Media in Society. He has presented at the National ISACA Conference anent mobile device security and about distance learning at the North Texas Community College Consortium and the Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities. He is currently a doctoral student.

Dr. Teresa Marrero, Associate Professor of Latino/a & Latin American Theater in the Department of World Languages/Literatures/Cultures, is a scholar, fiction writer, playwright, theater director and avid Argentine tango dancer. Her courses, all taught in Spanish, include Cultura Hispana en los Estados Unidos (Hispanic Culture in the U.S.). Born in Havana, Cuba, she is the author of the short story collection Entre la Argentina y Cuba: Cuentos nómadas de viajes y tangos/ Between Argentina and Cuba, Nomad Stories of Travels and Tangos. She co-edited the anthology of plays Out of the Fringe: Contemporary Latina/Latino Theatre and Performance. Her essays in books include: Negotiating Performance: Gender, Sexuality, and Theatricality in Latin/o America, Tropicalizations: Transcultural Representations of Latinidad, Latinas on Stage, Conducting a Life: a Tribute to María Irene Fornés, The State of Latino Theater in the United States, Theatre & Performance in Small Nations (Intellect, 2013) and in the Encyclopedia of Latino Culture (2013). She is a founding and core member of TANTO, Teatro Alianza of North Texas Organizations. She writes Latino/a theater performance reviews for the North Texas arts and culture online magazine, Theater Jones (, search: Teresa Marrero).

Mr. Jose M. Aponte, Senior Lecturer, Instrumental/Jazz Studies Division, College of Music, University of North Texas. Prof. Aponte areas of expertise are: Afro Centric Music from the Spanish Caribbean, Latin America, Brazil as well as Jazz and Latin Jazz. He maintains a studio for Latin percussion and Drum set and is the director of the UNT Advanced/Beginners Afro Cuban Ensemble, Brazilian Ensemble and the UNT Latin Jazz Lab. A native from Carolina, Puerto Rico, Prof. Aponte has performed with artist such as Giovanni Hidalgo, Emil Richards, Carlos Guedes, Poncho Sanchez, Batacumbele, Gino Vanelli, Brian Bromberg, Lyle Mays, Andy Narell, David Rudder, Relator, Fred Hamilton, Dan Haerle,Tracy Thorton, Lian Teague, Airto Moreira and Michael Spiro. Prof. Aponte is an active member of the local, national and international musical scene as a freelance performer, studio musician and Jazz Educator. He is also a Pearl drums/percussion, Evans Drum Heads, Pro-Mark Sticks and Sabian Cymbals Artist.

Dr. Rossana Ramirez Boyd, Principal Lecturer and Director of the Bilingual/ESL Teacher Certification Programs, Department of Teacher Education and Administration, College of Education, University of North Texas. Dr. Boyd's areas of expertise are bilingual education, foreign language education, ESL education, and teacher alternative certification. Dr. Boyd has been an educational leader for many years at the local, state, and national levels. For example, she is one of the past presidents of the National Association for Bilingual Education, she was a board member of the National Association for Alternative Certification, she is one of the past presidents of the Louisiana Association for Bilingual Education. Through professional organizations and her work she advocates strongly for the education of Latino/a and Mexican American students in K-12 schools and their families. She helps prepare bilingual and ESL teachers to serve the students who are new to the English language. She operates the Rep. Roberto Alonzo Scholarship Program for bilingual teacher candidates, she is con-principal investigator of several grants including Project NEXUS a Title III National Professional Development program funded bu the USDOE that focuses on training mathematics and science teachers of English Language Learners in secondary schools. Dr. Boyd is committed to the improvement of education for thousands of Latino/a and Mexican American students in K-12 public schools and in the effective preparation of their teachers.

Dr. Ricardo González-Carriedo, Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education and Administration, University of North Texas. Dr. González-Carriedo obtained a JD degree from Universidad de León (Spain), an M.Ed. in Bilingual and ESL Education from Northern Arizona University and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona State University. His research focuses on the education of language minority students, including the intersection of immigration and education, and issues related to language planning and policy. He teaches Bilingual and ESL Education methods courses in the teacher preparation program and a graduate seminar under the title The Politics of Literacy.

Ms. Maria Z. Muñiz, Principal Lecturer, World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of North Texas. Ms. Muñiz has been teaching undergraduate Spanish courses for UNT since 2000. She generally teaches Writing in Spanish, Advanced Spanish Grammar, and Advanced Spanish Composition and Oral Practice. Other courses include Introduction to Spanish Literature, Spanish Writing for Mass Media and Spanish in the Bilingual Classroom. Ms. Muñiz has served as the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures undergraduate advisor for five years and is currently the faculty advisor for Lambda Theta Phi Latino Fraternity Inc. She is an active member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and is involved in the local community as an interpreter and translator.

Dr. Jacqueline E. Arroyo-Romano, Founder, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education and Administration, Division of Education and Human Services, University of North Texas at Dallas, currently teaches education courses with emphasis in bilingual, multilingual, and multicultural education in the UNT Dallas Teacher Education Program. Her focus is on working with Latinos on identity, cultural, bilingualism and bi-literacy issues. She is also the advisor for the Bilingual Education Student Organization (BESO) at UNT Dallas, the chair of the Outstanding Dissertation Committee at UNT Dallas, a member of the National Association of Bilingual Education, and the Liaison for the Latino Advocacy Day with California State University, San Bernadino-a designated Hispanic Higher Education Institution.

Ms. Jennifer Roglà, Director of International Partnerships & Education and Adjunct Faculty for Anthropology, Hospitality & Tourism Management, and International Studies, University of North Texas. Ms. Roglà has worked at UNT since Fall 2009, developing partnerships with international institutes, organizations, and universities, and coordinating special international projects that span multiple divisions at UNT and partner institutes, such as UNT's only joint degree program with a partner university in Costa Rica, CATIE. She has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the departments of Anthropology, and Hospitality & Tourism Management, teaching courses on language and culture, Latinos in the U.S., global citizenship, and international travel and tourism through a sustainability lens.

Dr. Cathy Ragland is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, College of Music, University of North Texas. Dr. Ragland's research interests include music and the politics of migration and global networks, music and nationalism/transnationalism, Border studies, gender studies in music, popular music and deejay culture and applied ethnomusicology. The bulk of her research has been conducted in Texas, the American Southwest and the US-Mexico border and among Mexican immigrant communities in Washington state and New York. She is the author of the bookMúsica Norteña: Mexican Migrants Creating a Nation between Nations (Temple University Press, 2009) along with several book chapters, journal articles and reviews. A native of San Antonio, Texas, she has worked as a folklorist and program director and a popular music critic and columnist at the San Antonio Express-News, Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly and Austin American-Statesman. Dr. Ragland co-founded of the Mariachi Academy of New York and currently serves as artistic director of the annual International Accordion Festival in San Antonio.

Ms. Yuliya Summers is a lecturer and lead instructor at the College of Education at UNT. She has been in education for twelve years, and during these years she has taught at the elementary level as a classroom teacher, grade-level chair, and a campus instructional leader. While employed by Dallas ISD, she had the opportunity to work in a variety of program models designed for the instruction of English language learners. Her teaching experiences include teaching in ESL, Bilingual (Spanish), and Gifted and Talented Programs. She holds eight certifications, two master's degrees in ESL and Bilingual Education, and is currently completing her doctorate in Bilingual Education from Texas A&M University, College Station. At UNT she teaches and develops undergraduate courses related to Bilingual/ESL and multicultural education. Mrs. Summers also serves as an advisor to UNT BESO (Bilingual/ESL Education Student Organization).

Dr. Alan B. Albarran is Professor and Chair of the Department of Radio, Television and Film, and founding Director of the Center for Spanish Language Media at UNT (2006-2012). His teaching and research interests revolve around the management and economics of the media industries. The author of 15 books, including the Handbook of Spanish Language Media (2009), Dr. Albarran has held workshops and lectures in 19 different countries, including Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador and Chile.

Dr. Alexander Mendoza, Assistant Professor, History Department, University of North Texas. Dr. Mendoza's areas of expertise are 19th century American military and the Tejano (Mexican Texans) military experience. Mendoza is the co-editor for, Texans at War: A New Military History of the Lone Star State (2012) an anthology studying the military history of Texas through the prism of race, gender, and manliness, among other topics. In addition, he has contributed articles on Tejanos in the American military and the History of Mexican Americans for various magazines, journals, and anthologies. Mendoza is currently working on a book-length study examining the history of Tejanos in the American military.

Dr. Amy Fann is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling and Higher Education Department at the University of North Texas. Dr. Fann's research examines the critical conditions and issues that make higher education accessible to underrepresented groups. This includes study of cumulative and complex factors such as school practices, race and ethnicity, geography, the role of families, and minority serving institutions. Her research explores American Indian postsecondary access and tribally developed policies and practices for getting students into and through college. Dr. Fann also directs a research and community service project, the Latino Family College Access Project (LFCAP) using a cultural wealth framework to explore the role of Latino parents in college access and success. LFCAP has partnered with North Central Texas College, the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas, Latino Stand-Up, a grassroots Latino parent group in North Texas, and Latino parents in Denton to develop and deliver college resources for families.

Dr. Jaime E. Jiménez is a wildlife ecologist and professor in the Departments of Biological Sciences and Philosophy and Religion Studies at University (U.) of North Texas (UNT), and at Universidad de Magallanes (UMAG) in Chile. He co-directs the Sub-Antarctic Biocultural Conservation Program, a partnership between UNT, UMAG, and the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity that focuses on conservation in the UNESCO Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve. Dr. Jiménez obtained his undergraduate degree from U. Católica (1985), an M.S. from U. Florida (1993), and a Ph.D. from Utah State U. (1999). He was a professor and chair of graduate programs at U. de Los Lagos from 1999 until 2011, when he accepted his current position at UNT. Dr. Jiménez is fellow and honorary fellow of the International Ornithologists' Union and of the American Ornithologists' Union, respectively. His research focuses on understanding the drivers that explain the abundances and distributions of species in space and time, particularly of terrestrial vertebrates of conservation concern, such as foxes, pumas, chinchillas, pudus, huemules, raptors, ducks, shorebirds, choroyes, monitos del monte, Magellanic woodpeckers, forest birds, and the invasive American mink. He has conducted research throughout Chile from Chungará to Navarino Island, in Bolivia, Perú, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and in the U.S. in ND, VA, NY, FL, and UT. Further, he has published 90+ peer reviewed papers, 10+ book chapters, and 2 books in 4 languages. With other colleagues, he runs the Tracing Darwin´s Path study abroad course in the Cape Horn Biosphere Reserve since 2011.

Dr. Pamela Padilla, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of North Texas. Dr. Padilla's expertise includes genetics and cell biology; her research involves the identification of environments and genotypes that impact responses to oxygen deprivation. She is particularly interested in understanding how a sugar diet impacts the metabolic and genetic response to stress. These types of analysis are of interest for understanding diseases such as obesity and diabetes. Her research has been recognized by the community as seen by invitations to present at prestigious institutes and the awarding of various honors. She has published in high profile scientific journals, has mentored many graduate, undergraduate and TAMS/high school students and has demonstrated dedication to the scientific community by serving as an editor, organizing committee member for conferences, grant panelist for both National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation, and reviewer of numerous manuscripts. She is a lifetime member to the SACNAS organization, which is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists--from college students to professionals--to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.

Ellen Castro, Adjunct Faculty, UNT Women Studies Program, is a Chief Energizing Officer, empowering author, exhilarating speaker and global consultant and coach. Ellen earned MEd Harvard and MBA SMU - where served on faculty of BLC. Ellen's Spirited Leadership: 52 Ways to Build Trust selected 2014 International Latino Book Award finalist. Latinas and Leadership. For more information, please visit

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