Chicana/o Studies Program and Discipline

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 Prof. Mauricio Rodríguez


Professor Rodríguez earned his terminal degree in the first inter-lingual (Spanish/English) Creative


Writing Program in the nation, at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), with the completion of his book, El Paso Con Safos: Chicano Identity and Poetry in 2003. He completed his Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Chicano Studies from UTEP in 2000.


Originally from México (he maintains his dual-citizenship), Rodríguez is a long time resident of El Paso. He has taught English Literature, Creative Writing and Developmental English at UTEP, and at EPCC. Mauricio currently teaches Chicana/o Literature at EPCC. His interests involve Chicana/o literature, post-movement Chicana/o identity analysis, and El Paso/Juárez border relations. He volunteers and works with The Paso Del Norte Civil Rights Project and Centro de Salud Familiar La Fe.


 Prof. Mauricio Rodriguez

Rodríguez is a founding member of the Chicana/o Studies Program, Chicana/o Studies Program Committee Chair, and currently heads the program as District-Wide Coordinator. He teaches, and has taught Chicana/o Literature and Introduction to Chicana/o Studies, as well as several English courses. Rodriguez also serves as faculty advisor to MEChA at EPCC and the new West-Texas Student Chapter of TACHE.


Courses Offered:

ENGL 2351 (PDF)

HUMA 1305 (PDF)


Professor Rodríguez's Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Contact Information:


Assistant Professor Mauricio Rodríguez, MFA

Chicana/o Studies Program District-wide Coordinator/Committee Chair

El Paso Community College

Valle Verde Campus, A-2605

El Paso, Texas 79998-0500

Office: (915) 831-2243

Fax: (915) 831-2792


 Prof. Richard Baquera

Professor Baquera earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree and Master of Arts in History at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and did post-graduate work at The University of Texas at Austin. He has published articles and book reviews in Password, the El Paso County Historical Society publication.


A native El Pasoan, from Ysleta, he has taught United States History, Texas History, Mexican-American History, and History of the Pass of the North at UTEP and at EPCC. His interests include Pre-Columbian, Mexican and Southwestern History, and Chicana/o History.


Baquera is a founding member of the Chicana/o Studies Program, and currently is the Valle Verde History Discipline Coordinator.


Courses Offered:

HIST 2328 (PDF)


Professor Baquera's Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Contact Information:


Assistant Professor Richard Baquera, MA

Chicana/o Studies Program Committee Member/History Discipline Coordinator

El Paso Community College

Valle Verde, A-2104

El Paso, Texas 79998-0500

Office: (915) 831-2486


 Dr. Daniel M. Gutierrez

Dr. Gutierrez was born in Los Angeles, CA and grew up in Las Cruces, NM. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from New Mexico State University, his Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and his Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University. His dissertation, Wedges and Quakes: New Landscapes for Latino Politics in California, studied the impact of the anti-immigrant initiatives on the Latino community.


After working many years in other states like California and Texas as an administrator for a NASA contractor, Dr. Gutierrez revised his career goals in mid-life to pursue his lifelong interests in the social sciences. Because of his great cultural affinity for the borderlands, Professor Gutierrez returned to the El Paso/Las Cruces area to teach in institutions that have heavy concentrations of Latino students.


Dr. Gutierrez is a current, active member of the Chicana/o Studies Program at EPCC and has served in a facilitator capacity for the NEH-sponsored lecture series Las Platicas. He currently teaches American Government, State and Local Politics, and Mexican-American Politics.


Courses Offered:

Government 2305

Government 2311 (PDF)


Professor Gutierrez's Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Contact Information:


Assistant Professor Dr. Daniel M. Gutierrez, Ph.D.

Chicana/o Studies Program Committee Member

El Paso Community College

Northwest Campus, C-227

El Paso, Texas 79998-0500


Office: (915) 831-8858


 Prof. Jacqueline E. Mitchell

Jackie Mitchell grew up in Washington D.C. where she spent her childhood inspired by some of the world’s greatest art collections, including the National Gallery of Art, the Corcoran and the Phillips Collection. After moving to New Mexico she earned her BFA in Painting at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque where she first became familiar with Chicana/o issues and art. Mitchell earned her MFA in painting at the University of Washington in Seattle. She has shown her work in numerous exhibitions including the Henry Gallery and the King County Arts Commission in Seattle, the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA and the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe. Her work will be featured in the Binational/ 2008 exhibition opening in June 2008 at the El Paso Museum of Art and the Museo de Arte in Ciudad Juarez.


Mitchell worked as Assistant Curator and Museum Educator at NMSU’s University Art Gallery in Las Cruces, NM which holds the nation’s largest collection of 19th century Mexican tin retablos and an extensive collection of contemporary Chicana/o art. Professor Mitchell has taught a variety of art studio and art history courses including Art Appreciation, Painting, Design and Drawing at the University of Washington, Pierce College, NMSU and EPCC. She continues to exhibit her work both regionally and nationally.


Courses offered:

Mexican American Art HUMA 1311 (PDF)


Professor Mitchell's Curriculum Vitae (PDF)


Contact Information:


Assistant Professor Jacqueline E. Mitchell, MFA

Chicana/o Studies Program Committee Member

El Paso Community College

Valle Verde, A-1714

El Paso, Texas 79998-0500

Office: (915) 831-3101