Mexican American Experience Committee Members
We thank all of our current and past committee members for their time and experience in helping us bring a
meaningful event for our students.
The list below denotes those who are current committee members and those who have contributed in the past.
|Oscar Baeza||Adrian Morales||Sam Ruiz|
|Mary Helen "Nena" Fabela||Caty Pinon||Debbie Santana|
|Steve Loera||Rebecca Retana||Gilbert Silva|
|Debi Lopez||Jorge Rodriguez||Oscar Velasquez|
|Astrid Montes||Brenda Ramos|
Oscar Baeza was born in Mesa Arizona and has lived in several places throughout the U.S and in Mexico before moving to El Paso Texas. He holds a master’s in library science from Texas Woman’s University with a concentration in academics. His bachelor’s degree from Parks University, is in social psychology. Currently Professor Baeza is the Head Librarian at the Valle Verde Library at El Paso Community College (EPCC). Mr. Baeza has worked for EPCC for 20 years and has been in academic libraries for over 25 years. Oscar’s parents migrated from Mexico and he is a first generation college graduate. His interest, besides books, include civil and human rights, politics and Chicano Studies. Oscar is heavily involved with the El Paso Community and volunteers his time with local organizations.
Brenda Ramos was born in El Paso, TX. She holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Texas at El Paso. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is also a proud graduate from El Paso Community College where she received her Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education. She is currently taking online courses at the University of North Texas to pursue a Master’s in Library Science in hopes of someday becoming an academic librarian. Ms. Ramos is currently working as a Library Assistant at the Valle Verde Library at El Paso Community College (EPCC). Ms. Ramos has worked for EPCC for about 17 years which includes work study, part-time and her current full-time position. Her interests include cooking, baking, and spending time with family and friends.
Steven Loera is currently a lecturer in sociology serving four years to date with an additional 15 years as an adjunct faculty. A native of Los Angeles California, where he attended and graduated from Cal-State Northridge and later relocated with his family to El Paso Texas, Steven discovered his professional experience as a social worker, probation officer, and counselor fitted well with his academic studies in sociology. Earning a master's degree from the University of Texas, El Paso, he commenced to teach for El Paso Community College in 2001 as well as New Mexico State University, Alamogordo, fall 2011, and Park University 2015 to the present. Sociology as an interdisciplinary subject piqued Steven's interest since one can incorporate the varied social and natural sciences into the study of human society. No one academic and vocational degree is restricted from sociology for it encompasses all facets of institutions and sectors in the economy. To deliver any type of service, and product effectively in the public and private sector, an understanding of culture and its nuances are paramount. It is with this goal in mind that Mr. Loera endeavors to teach theory in conjunction with practice and through committee involvement empower students, and the community to understand the far reaching influences of today's social issues.
Professor Mata passed away in the fall of 2020, he was an active member of the MAE family and will always be in our hearts. May he rest in peace. Manuel Mata graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso with dual majors in Political Science and Philosophy. He got his master's degree at UTEP in government. A former GED teacher, he has helped over 300 students get their GED certificates. In addition, he has over ten years of experience teaching ESL classes. He also volunteers to teach citizenship classes and conducts workshops on how to fill out citizenship application forms. He is a proud member of LULAC Council #9 and is a member of TACHE. Currently, he is an assistant professor teaching government at El Paso Community College.