Lack of inclusiveness in search for next UTEP president causes concern

From the El Paso Times, an op-ed piece written by Social Justice team member, Oscar J Martinez. Attend forum on this subject to be held Sunday, Sept 23, 2:30 in the downtown library, 501 N. Oregon.

Photo thanks to UTEP

Photo thanks to UTEP

With the impending retirement of Diana Natalicio, a search is now underway for the new University of Texas at El Paso president. Obviously, this is a matter of great interest to the community, and that is why we, the individuals whose names appear below, feel compelled to express our concern with the manner in which the Search Advisory Committee to the UT Board of Regents will be conducting the search.   

Our unique border location and bilingual/bicultural setting requires a highly qualified and experienced educator who understands well the needs of a UTEP student body that is nearly 80 percent Mexican-American and also includes over 1,000 students from Mexico. Beyond the campus, that person also must be well equipped to interface with the broader social, economic, and educational and challenges of our binational metropolis.

Will the search produce a candidate who can function proficiently in our unique border culture, who can inspire first generation Hispanic students to reach their full potential, and who is committed to and will fight to expand opportunities for all students? Continue reading