Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) and DREAM Resource Center (DRC)

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The purpose of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is to support culturally-based affinity groups, enhance programming that builds cultural competence and civil discourse, and provide direct support to students.

The DREAM Resource Center (which functions within the CDI) provides support services and resources for undocumented and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students.

Services and Resources Description
Diversity and Inclusion: LEAPLEAP

A workshop series designed to educate students on diversity & inclusion. Learn about diversity. Empower yourself and others. Advance initiatives. Promote Inclusion.
Service: activities and workshops; scheduled and as requested

DREAM ZoneDream Zone

To provide members of our campus community with information on how we can work together to create a safe, supportive, and inclusive community for our undocumented and DACA students.
Programs: Social, DREAM Zone Advocate, Roundtable Discussion

Dream Zone Advocates

Meditation and Prayerpraying

To provide a welcome sanctuary for people of all faiths and for meditation and reflection. Designated hours are identified each semester. Additional spaces and/or hours are also coordinated as needed.
Programs: Learn how to meditate, guided group meditation sessions.

Ally Safe Zoneally safe zone

To provide a welcoming environment for LGBTQIAP individuals by establishing an identifiable network of allies who can provide support, information, and a safe place for the community at UTRGV.
Programs: Ally Safe Zone Training, Community Meeting, Meet & Greet

Support for DACA or undocumented students

Learn more about available support resources for students who are undocumented or DACAmented.
Programs: TASFA preparation assistance sessions for current and prospective students

RSVP & Program Information

VLINK: https://utrgv.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/studentlife/events

Hours of Operation

The CDI serves different purposes and offers a space for a range of activities. Learn more about the hours of operations.

Locations

Brownsville Campus, Student Union 1.20A

Edinburg Campus, University Center 306A

Staff

Jose Aaron Hinojosa, Program Coordinator
 
Jose Aaron Hinojosa  

Name: Jose Aaron Hinojosa, Program Coordinator
Master's Degree: Master of Science, College Student Affairs
Bachelor’s Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Communication
Hometown: Hometown: Rio Grande City, TX

I believe in empowering students to be their authentic selves, reflecting on lived experiences, and learning from other individuals around you. The work we do at the center is important and I welcome opportunities to grow and collaborate.


Fernanda Flores, Graduate Student Assistant
 
Fernanda Flores   Name: Fernanda Flores, Graduate Student Assistant
Home Campus: Brownsville
Current Program of Study: Master of Business Administration
Bachelor’s Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance
Hometown: Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico

I am excited to assist in student-related activities and events to encourage and promote diversity and inclusion to our campus community. I look forward to representing the center to the best of my ability in a respectful and meaningful manner.


Luis Macias, Graduate Student Assistant
 
Luis Macias  

Name: Luis Macias, Graduate Student Assistant
Home CampusEdinburg
Current Program of Study: Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor’s DegreeBachelor of Science in Engineering-Physics
Hometown: Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico

I aim to enrich the Rio Grande Valley community and foster its development through altruism. I feel compelled to do my part in elevating our community in the best way I can. My catchphrase: Pitter patter, let's get at 'er.


Melody Leilani Jaime, Graduate Student Assistant
 
Melody Jaime  

NameMelody Leilani Jaime, Graduate Student Assistant
Home Campus: Edinburg
Current Program of Study: Master in Public Affairs
Bachelor’s Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Political Science
Hometown: McAllen, Texas

I am committed to helping students be successful and reach their goals. I am a strong advocate for freedom: to be yourself, to voice your concerns, to be comfortable asking for help, etc. My passions include music and mental health awareness.

The CDI welcomes questions, ideas, and involvement requests.