CATCH THE NEXT JOURNAL OF IDEAS AND PEDAGOGY, SPRING 2018 (VOL. 2.1)
INSPIRING, VALIDATING, EMPOWERING: BLANCA CAMPA'S THE MEXICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE EXPERIENCE BY JUAN GALVÁN
Juan Manuel Galván Rodríguez was born and raised in El Refugio de Trancas, a village in the municipality of Dolores Hidalgo, in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico. He came to the United States in his late adolescence and worked in construction and agriculture for well over a decade. Eventually, Juan enrolled in Houston Community College, from where he graduated with an Associate of Arts Degree with High Honors in 2000. He took some courses at the University of Houston-Downtown before transferring to the University of Houston, from where he earned a B.A. in History, Suma Cum Laude, in 2003. Juan then continued his graduate work, earning an M.A. in History in 2009 and a Ph.D., also in History, in 2016. His dissertation concentrates on the evolution of popular nationalism in Mexico from 1519 to 1862. Dr. Galván has been teaching U.S. History, Mexican American History, Mexican American Studies, and Humanities courses at Houston-area universities and community colleges since 2011. Dr. Galván is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Lone Star College-Kingwood. His recent courses include "The African Experience in Mexico" and "The Underground Railroad to Florida, Texas, and Mexico."
Rafael Castillo (Ph.D), who teaches English and Humanities at Palo Alto College, is Director of Publications and Special Projects at CTN. He is the author of Distant Journeys (Bilingual Review Press) and Aurora (Berkeley Press). His essays, articles, fiction and reviews have appeared in the Arizona Quarterly, English Journal, Phi Delta Kappa, College English, New Mexico Humanities Review, FRANK (Paris), New York Times, Hispanic Link Syndicate, and other national venues.
BLANCA SILVIA RODRIGUEZ
Blanca Silvia Rodriguez is a Mexican immigrant. She worked twenty years as a teacher and trainer of teachers in her country. When she emigrated to the United States began taking ESL classes at a church. Now she is a college student at Houston Community College. She is pursuing a Master’s degree in Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston.
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