Monday, April 15, 2019

By News and Internal Communications

By Cinthia Monsivais

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – The UTRGV B3 Institute will host a press conference, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, to announce a major grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.

Dr. Francisco Guajardo, executive director of the UTRGV B3 Institute, and Dr. Maritza De La Trinidad, associate professor and undergraduate coordinator of the UTRGV Mexican American Studies Program, will discuss the new program, Historias Americanas: Engaging History and Citizenship in the Rio Grande Valley.

Historias Americanas is a place-based professional development program for K-12 teachers that is being developed with the grant’s funds by UTRGV faculty, in collaboration with Edinburg CISD and Brownsville ISD. 

The program will be designed and implemented over a three-year period to improve the teaching and learning of current and historical understandings of American history, civics, government and geography. The program also promotes B3’s goals of infusing bilingualism and biculturalism in K-12 curriculum.

The press conference will be held at the Museum of South Texas History, 200 N. Closner Blvd., Edinburg. 

NOTE: Please RSVP by Friday, April 19 

For more information, contact Elizabeth Salinas at (956) 665-3214 or email


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.