My name is Alejandro Garcia. I live in El Paso, Texas and I will be working at the Chamizal National Memorial here on the US-Mexico border. I am currently completing my Master's degree in history at UTEP, where I focus on public history and borderlands history. This internship will be my first, and I am looking forward to working with the National Park Service (NPS) and engaging in cultural resource work at the park. I have begun my internship offsite at a community partner institution, and we are currently transcribing oral histories for an upcoming exhibit and in order to add to the archive of another community partner institution. The project I will be engaged in will consist of an inventory of non-accessioned items as a means of updating the “Scope Of Collections Statement” here at CHAM. I am looking forward to meeting our goals for this project this summer. Additionally, I am looking forward to meeting all the other Latino Heritage Internship Program I(LHIP) nterns this August in Washington D.C.!

¡¡¡Pa’lante mi gente!!!

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Wednesday, 15 May 2019 12:30

Alejandro Garcia

My name is Alejandro Garcia, and I am a historian and cultural anthropologist based in El Paso, Texas. I earned a B.A. in Multidisciplinary Studies with an emphasis on African American Studies, and a B.A. in Anthropology with an emphasis on Cultural Anthropology, Ethnomusicology, Archaeological Field Methods, and Cultural Resource Management at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in the History Department at UTEP, with an emphasis on borderlands studies and public history. I am actively conducting research on the ongoing process of constitutional recognition for afro-descendant communities in Mexico by defining cultural difference through music and other cultural expressions. I am also currently the graduate student Research Assistant for the Museo Urbano, The Center for Borderlands History, The Public History Lab and The Institute of Oral History at UTEP. I have also served as lecturer, curator, assistant curator, and as a researcher for exhibits at The American Museum of Natural History in New York City, The History Museum of El Paso, and the Centennial Museum at UTEP.


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Thursday, 29 November 2018 12:08

Esperanza Chairez

Born and raised in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Esperanza Chairez grew up near the U.S./Mexico border and the Organ Mountains, which explains her passion for immigrant rights and the environment. She is currently an Environmental Studies major at Amherst College in Massachusetts. She aims to write an undergraduate thesis about the ever-increasing correlation between immigration and climate change. During her time at the Chamizal National Memorial, she hopes to gain a greater understanding of the history of the border, and engage with the El Paso community. In her spare time you can find her playing guitar, reading, or bicycling.

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 04:13

Elizabeth Gandara

Elizabeth Gandara is a recent graduate from California State University Monterey Bay with a degree in Collaborative Health and Human Services with a concentration in Community Health. She was involved in campus organizations such as the student union, serving as the Co-Chair of the organization. She was also involved in her community and served nearly 300 hours of volunteer service, helping to coordinate an inclusionary nutrition program with a non-profit organization that serves people with developmental delays. Her goal is to attend graduate school and work in her community to improve the quality of life of the underrepresented populations in the area.

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