In a city where the majority of its people identify as part of the Hispanic and Mexican-American community, it is easier to forget or to realize El Paso is a city with diversity. A diversity that brings different kinds of cultures, ideas and beliefs together in one place. That diversity can be found at the University of Texas at El Paso, where students, professors and staff from different parts of the world contribute to the university’s success.
This issue is about recognizing the contributions of those who share and teach us about their culture with El Pasoans.
This magazine includes my story about two Bhutanese students, who traveled more than 8,000 miles, bringing with them their customs, beliefs, ideas and language. In this story, I explain their adaptation and overall experience with this desert land.
Our writer, Mike Flores, wrote about some of the most important international student-athletes who, with their talent, are trying to bring recognition and championship trophies to UTEP. Some of these athletes had to give up their chance of receiving a free college education in the countries where they were born.
Claudia Hernández’s story reports on how feminism plays a role in the life of some El Pasoans, and the different views between UTEP professors from India and Lebanon toward the role of feminism now that they are part of this borderland.
This issue also includes Grecia Sánchez’s story about the possible consequences if the Johnson Amendment is “totally destroyed” by President Donald Trump from an El Pasoan perspective.
This magazine wouldn’t have been possible without the help of my writers, photographers, editors, designers, advisor and my friends.
Every person who is part of this magazine deserves my respect and I want to thank them for their hard work and dedication.
Christian, Gaby and Michaela, thanks again for making this semester one I won’t forget. The advice and jokes I’m able to receive from you guys have made me a better writer and a better person. Thanks for being there when I needed support.
This is my second issue as editor of Minero. During this time, I have been able to fix some errors I’ve made as an editor in the past. To our readers, thank you for reading our magazine. I hope you enjoy our work.
Mom, thanks for being my motivation. Even though you are no longer with us, this magazine is dedicated to you.