National Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 - October 15

In the College of Engineering, all are welcome. To better share the stories of how our faculty, staff, students and alumni are diverse in their many varying forms, we are celebrating various heritage and other nationally recognized months. This recognition will include stories about those in our greater engineering community, as well as sharing events and other opportunities.

Did you know?

National Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to American society and culture and to honor five of our Central American neighbors who celebrate their Independence days in September.

Source: Library of Congress

Featured Stories

Yajaira Lopez-Villa sitting on some steps for a photo.
Meet a Husker: Yajaira Lopez-Villa
Academic Advisor
“I hope that during this month and the other heritage months folks take time to learn more about other cultures and attend different events and celebrate with their peers how beautiful diversity is.”

Meet Yajaira
Alexis Martinez
Meet a Husker: Alexis Martinez
Student, Civil Engineering Major
“As an underrepresented group in the engineering field, I am blessed to lead and work with many amazing people on a daily basis. I hope to see more minority groups be represented in engineering in the future.”

Meet Alexis
Andrea Paola Arguelles taking a selfie
Meet a Husker: Andrea Paola Arguelles
Ph.D. 2016, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, UNL
Assistant Professor in Engineering Science and Mechanic, Penn State University
"My heritage is an integral part of my identity. I did not realize how much until I left my home country [Venezuela] to pursue higher education in the U.S. The biggest lesson I carry with me from my Hispanic upbringing is the importance of family."

Read Andrea's Story
Francisco Munoz-Arriola
Meet a Husker: Dr. Francisco Munoz-Arriola
Associate Professor, Hydroinformatics and Predictive Analytics, Department of Biological Systems Engineering /
Associate Professor, Integrated Hydroclimate and Geospatial Analytics, School of Natural Resources
"In my lab, as in the classroom, I create a welcoming environment that extols the virtues of diversity, inclusiveness, and equity as a means to civic and intellectual advancement."

Read Francisco's Story
Stephanie Perez and her boyfriend Bailey at Sioux Falls
Meet a Husker: Stephanie Perez
Civil Engineering major, College of Engineering
"I have always held the belief that my heritage is what keeps me, and my family grounded and allows us to have a unique outlook on life that we otherwise would not have."

Read Stephanie's Story
Alma Ramirez-Rodgers
Meet a Husker: Alma Ramirez-Rodgers
Senior assistant director of student development, College of Engineering
"As a first-generation female of Mexican descent, I believe I’m a living testimonial that although there may be several challenges one might face in life, these can be overcome with perseverance (or “ganas” as my dad would say)."

Read Alma's Story