CTN Peer Mentor and STC History Professor, Trinidad Gonzales, was recently selected to the board of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) and says he will seek to convey the perspective of communities on the South Texas border as well as Humanities students at two-year colleges nationwide.

“I think the ability to bring in new perspective from a border that is often vilified in national media to this board is very important,” Gonzales said. “It’s also important to note that a majority of people in the humanities majors are at community colleges right now so that’s one of the reasons why they asked me to be on the board – they want that perspective from a faculty member who’s working with students who are majoring in humanities courses.”

NHA is a nonprofit organization comprised of members from higher education institutions, scholarly societies, museums, libraries and historical societies dedicated to humanities education, research and public programs.

The board convenes twice a year in Washington, D.C. to explore best practices for humanities advocacy on campuses across the nation.

“NHA is engaged in humanities activities through the preservation of history,” Gonzales said. “NHA advocates for the value of those activities as well as humanities classes in higher education.”

Gonzales earned his doctorate from the University of Houston and later received a Center for Mexican American Studies Graduate Fellowship and a Smithsonian Predoctoral Fellowship. (https://news.southtexascollege.edu/)

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