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2015-2016 OFFICERS
Dr. Luis Urrieta, Jr. is an Associate Professor of Cultural Studies in Education. He is (by courtesy) affiliated faculty in the Center for Mexican American Studies and the Native American & Indigenous Studies Program. Dr. Urrieta also serves as chair of the Faculty committee of the Lozono Long – Benson Institute of Latin American Studies. Dr. Urrieta's research interests center around 1) cultural and racial identities, 2) agency as social and cultural practices, 3) social movements related to education, and 4) learning in family and community contexts. He is specifically interested in Chicana/o, Latina/o, and Indigenous cultures and identities, activism as a social practice in educational spaces, in collective movements, in oral and narrative traditions in qualitative research, and indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies. Luis Urrieta received his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003. He has been recognized as a fellow by the American Educational Research Association, the Spencer Foundation, the Lee Hage Jamail Regents Chair in Education (UT), by the U.S. Department of State Fulbright Commission (2009-2010), and received the 2012 Alumni Achievement Award from the School of Education at the University of North carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2009, Dr. Urrieta published Working from Within: Chicana and Chicano Activist Educators in Whitestream Schools with the University of Arizona Press, in addition to an extensive publishing record. Dr. Urrieta was honored as a César E. Chávez champion of change by the White House in 2014.
Cindy Cruz joined UT Austin in 2001 and is currently an Administrative Manager in the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost. She oversees the faculty credentialing process which is a part of the University's accreditation process and is also involved with legislative compliance and several other special projects. She has been a member of the HFSA since 2004 and has served as chair and co-chair of the Welcome Committee. Cindy attended New Mexico Junior College and The University of Texas of the Permian Basin where she worked in the Studfent Activities area for five years before accepting a position as Assistant to the Vice President for Business Affairs. She has served in various UT system wide committees under the direction of then Chancellor William Cunningham. Originally from the West Texas area Cindy and her husband Rudy, moved to the Austin area in 2001. Cindy enjoys her time entertaining family and friends from out of town and spending as much time as possible with her five grandchildren.
Leticia Acosta
Leticia Acosta As the current director of Subiendo: The Academy for Rising Leaders at the UT McCombs School of Business, Leticia has worked with almost 400 students in preparing them for leadership roles for our state. Prior to this position, she worked for 10 years in various roles with the University of Texas’s official alumni association, the Texas Exes, including Director of Public Policy, Director of Alumni Relations and Deputy to the Executive Director. During this time, she was responsible for the association’s legislative advocacy program of 1600 alumni and friends, worked with the Board of Directors, and had oversight of the university’s 11,000 international alumni active with chapters and networks around the world. Leticia gained an interest in policy and access to higher education during her time as chief of staff to State Representative Tom Uher. Working with Subiendo gives her an ability to help students understand the policy challenges of our state, while encouraging them to not only pursue a higher education, but to believe in their potential and aspire to lead. Leticia G. Acosta is a native of Bay City, TX and earned a B. A. in Government from The University of Texas at Austin.
Vacant
Jay Guevara has had many different roles within HFSA throughout his time in the professional setting, back in 2010. From exec board to committee member, HFSA has always been a part of his time at UT. He is also very excited to shadow the role of Staff Co-Chair and be ready for next year. Jay joined the McCombs School of Business staff in 2013 as an Academic Advisor after serving as an Academic Advisor in the Longhorn/Discovery Scholars Program within the School of Undergraduate Studies. Jay earned a B.A. in History from UT Austin in 2010.
David Hernandez is currently a Budget Analyst with the University’s Budget Office. David grew up in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, and later moved to Austin to pursue a degree in Business Administration at St. Edward’s University. Post-graduation, David started working on UT campus in 2010 as an Accountant. After three years of dedication, David accepted 27 month volunteer assignment with the United States Peace Corps in Ecuador where he served as a Natural Resources Conservation volunteer from 2013-2015. His primary role was to work with local counterparts to bring awareness to environmental issues and to encourage sustainable best business practices in the community.