Cultural Diversity Speaker Series Announced

The Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Cultural Diversity Committee of the Faculty Council in collaboration with DACC will sponsor its first Cultural Diversity Speaker Series.

The first event will feature a colloquium of five speakers each giving 15 minute presentations on issues that are affecting education in New Mexico and the surrounding borderlands. There will be a question and answer session with the audience after the presentation.

“This is a timely and important discussion by scholars and activists from academia,” said Debasmita Roychowdhury, a faculty member and one of the lead event coordinators from the Cultural Diversity Committee. “Borderland education and other related issues must be at the forefront of the national debate. We invite students, faculty, and the general public to attend this event and engage in this important dialogue happening locally here at DACC.”

The Colloquium will begin at 9 am and run to 11 am on Friday, February 2, 2018 at the DACC East Mesa Campus Auditorium, 2800 Sonoma Ranch Blvd. There is no charge to attend the event.

Speakers include:

Dr. Judith Flores Carmona – Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and in the Honors College at New Mexico State University. She is the 2018 recipient of the Roush Award from NMSU. Dr. Flores Carmona is the Coordinator of the Multicultural Education Coalition in C & I and is Ex-Oficio de Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social.

Dr. Cecilia J. Aragón – Originally from Santa Fe, NM, she is the Associate Director of the School of Culture, Gender, and Social Justice and is currently the Director of Latina/o Studies program, and coordinator for Theatre Education and Theatre for Young Audiences in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Wyoming.

Dr. Vanessa Fonseca – From Grants, New Mexico, she is currently an Assistant Professor of English at Arizona State University where she teaches courses on Chicana/o and Indigenous literature and cultural production. She and Levi Romero co-direct the “Following the Manito Trail project,” which looks at the Hispanic New Mexican, or Manito, diaspora from the mid-1800s to the present.

Dr. Lupe Gallegos-Diaz – teaches graduate/undergraduate courses at the University of California, Berkeley and at San Francisco State University in Chicano/Latino Studies and in the School of Social Work. She is Chair of the National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies, and she currently is the Administrative Coordinator for Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social.

Dr. Justine Hernandez – an Associate Professor at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. She holds degrees in Chicano Studies, Comparative Literature, and Computer Science. Since 2007, she has maintained ThisBridgeCalledCyberspace (, a searchable online archive and portal for publications by and about people of color.

The Colloquium is presented by the Cultural Diversity Committee of the Faculty Council and sponsored by DACC’s Office of the Vice-President of Academic Affairs.