Assistant Professor, University of Texas Permian Basin
Yuliana Kenfield is a Quechuan scholar who is currently an Assistant Professor at the Language, Literacy, and Special Populations department at the University of Texas Permian Basin. She found in the PNMGC community a major system of support during her doctoral studies. Yuliana was a former peer mentor in PNMGC who would often bring her twins to the PNMGC activities.
Nationally, Yuliana works with teachers & educational researchers who strive to better serve English Language Learner students. A former bilingual elementary and middle Language Arts teacher in New Mexico as well as a immigration paralegal , her current work focuses on collective sociolinguistic self-explorations with pre-service bilingual teachers around literacy experiences, ideologies, and actions to strengthen the professional commitment for social justice in education. Internationally, Yuliana works with activists from her hometown, Cusco (Peru), who are concerns about equity in education for Quechuans and other Indigenous populations.
Since graduating in 2018 from UNM, Yuliana's scholarly activity has obtained local and national recognition. The La Mancha Society at the University of Texas Permian Basin awarded her the 2020 Golden Windmill Award. Also, recently she received the 2020 Distinguished Dissertation Award from the Critical Educators for Social Justice (CESJ) Special Interest Group (SIG) within the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Her dissertation manuscript on Sociolinguistic Ideologies and Decolonial practices of Quechuans also received a 3rd place honor for 2019 Outstanding Dissertation awards by the National Association of Bilingual Education.
A portion of Yuliana's research was recently published in the ReVista Havard Review of Latin America. ReVista is a prominent bilingual journal published by Harvard University.
To learn more about Dr. Kenfield's research and work, please visit the podcast by the International Consortium for Multilingual Excellence in Education.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Texas A&M International University
Joseph J. García
Joseph J. García is currently a visiting assistant professor of history and sociology at Texas A&M International University, who co-founded and organized PNMGC in 2002 with fellow UNM graduate students and staff. Originally from rural South Texas, he is the son of voting rights activist and is engaged in transnational research focused on social movements in the Americas. He was a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay and President of the GPSA (2006-2008).
Senior Advisor and Strategic Planner, UNM College of Nursing
Joseph P. Sánchez
Joseph P. Sánchez is the Senior Advisor and Strategic Planner for the College of Nursing at the University of New Mexico, where he works with the College of Nursing Dean and Health Sciences Center leadership in creating and tracking strategies to ensure that tactical objectives and initiatives across the College of Nursing and Health Sciences Center are successfully implemented, managed, and maintained in order to promote a competitive advantage. Joseph earned a PhD from the University of New Mexico, where he studied family studies and consumer science, and an MBA from New Mexico Highlands University.
His professional interests and research include examining health care access in rural and underserved areas in New Mexico and supporting health profession pipeline programs for historically underrepresented groups. In addition to his work at the Health Science Center, Joseph also serves on the north-campus Government Relations team providing comprehensive legislative bill analysis and managing strategy and advocacy efforts on legislative proposals during the legislative sessions. He also teaches an online course at the College of Nursing – N224: Application of Growth and Development to Health Care.
Joseph began his work in higher education at the Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color, where he served as a steering committee member and mentor. His work with PNMGC inspired him to continue to advocate for academic support systems for first-generation college students and students from historically underrepresented groups.
Associate Director, UNM Center for Teaching and Learning
Stephanie M. Sánchez
Stephanie M. Sánchez is the Associate Director at the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of New Mexico, where she oversees the Center for Academic Program Support and the Graduate Resource Center. Stephanie earned MA and PhD degrees from the University of New Mexico, where she studied cultural anthropology with a focus in Hispanic religious rituals, foodways, and cultural performances of the southwestern United States.
Her professional interests and research include culturally relevant pedagogies, effective mentorship in higher education, emotional wellness of students in connection to academic success, and career preparation for graduate students in both academic and non-academic job markets. In addition to her work at the Center for Teaching and Learning, Stephanie also teaches two online courses in the Chicana/o Studies Department: New Approaches in Chicana/o Studies (CCS 480) and Chicana/o Cultural Studies (CCS 370).
Stephanie began her work in higher education at the Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color, where she served as a steering committee member, mentor, and project assistant. Her work with PNMGC ignited an interest in how culture, capital, and mentorship impact outcomes of student success.
Technical Training Consultant, Project ECHO
Felipe Amaral is an accomplished Instructional Systems Designer with an outstanding performance history in the fields of technology, education and training. He is originally from Brazil and moved to New Mexico in 2009 to pursue his graduate education at UNM, where he acquired two Master of Arts degrees: one in Organizational Learning and Instructional Technology and the other in Spanish and Portuguese. His interests include training and development, e-Learning, computer mediated intercultural communication, multimedia technologies, web design, second language acquisition, and the role of technological advances in the social framework of today’s world.
Currently a Technical Training Consultant at Project ECHO, he has worked in close collaboration with subject matter experts and other designers to assist departments on both main campus and the HSC in producing learning objects and web-based interactive training materials to provide both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities in best practices for graduate teaching, academic integrity, grant writing, active lifestyles, healthy eating, and research ethics.
He has also collaborated with the Global Education Office at UNM and several on-campus organizations, such as the Men of Color Initiative and the Project for New Mexico Graduates of Color, in their initiatives to benefit students of color and promote a more diverse student population at the University of New Mexico.
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Western Washington University
"I’m a medical anthropologist at Western Washington University and use mixed-methods research to examine the intersections of identity and health. My research draws from public health and anthropology to (1) test health interventions in partnership with Latinos or American Indians living with chronic disease, (2) examines disciplinary trends in anthropology, and (3) document risky fieldwork practices, all with a critical eye on policies that impact underserved populations.
"Balancing academic work and personal time is critically important; I spend as much time as I can on the water.
"PNMGC provided a much needed support network where I could learn and practice professional skills. I‘m especially thankful for the writing groups. They helped keep me on track when I needed the most support!"
Current Position: Associate Professor of Anthropology, Western Washington University