Theresah Boateng
Project Assistant

Theresah Boateng is from Ghana, West Africa, and since 2014, has fallen in love with New Mexico. She is a first-year doctoral student in the special education program at the University of New Mexico. She has earned two master’s degrees, Public Administration, Special Education, and a graduate certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from the University of New Mexico. She has had the opportunity to author a manuscript that was recently published (Boateng et al., 2023) and co-authored an article that is currently under review for publication.

Theresah's areas of specialization and interests are language/Communication presentation and typical behaviors in individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and assessment of culturally diverse groups for the purposes of developing appropriate intervention plans. Her recent interest is emerging in the application of applied behavior analysis and multitiered systems of support in public schools and the dynamics of regressive autism, and its association with language/communication, and social skills.

Theresah is very fortunate to be working with the Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color. She perceives PNMGC as a home away from home and often comments that its nurturing and inclusiveness set its part.

Theresah is a partner and mother of three beautiful children and enjoys spending time with her family.



Ruben Loza
Project Assistant

Ruben Loza is originally from Mexico City, Mexico, but has spent a large part of his life growing up in Los Angeles, California. He holds a BFA in graphic design from the Savannah College of Art and Design and is currently working on his master’s degree in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. Ruben has served as co-chair of the Chicanx Studies Graduate Student Association (CSGSA) and is a part of the son jarocho collective housed in his department.

Ruben’s main academic interests concentrate on art projects that integrate the US-Mexico border. As a member of PNMGC, he wishes to help students of color in need of support or who could benefit from the student-led organization’s offering of educational resources.



Avery Dixon
Undergraduate Project Assistant

Avery Dixon was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is working on her bachelors as a BioChemistry major. Her hope is to go to graduate school to acquire a doctorate in veterinary medicine. She is so excited to be a program assistant for Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color (PNMGC). Her hope is to provide undergraduates and graduate students a safe space for questions and support. In her freetime she coaches a middle school dance team, acts, and plays video/board games with friends and family. She is so excited to join this wonderful team. Go Lobos!