Joseph J. Garcia is the former University of New Mexico (UNM) Graduate and Professional Student Association President (2006-2008), and a graduate of the dual masters program in Community & Regional Planning and Latin American Studies. He has over twenty years experience in community organizing, international infrastructure development (Peace Corps Paraguay), international recruitment and higher education mentoring. Joseph is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Latin American studies with concentrations in Sociology and History emphasizing on energy and economic integration in Latin America. As a graduate student for the past nine years, Joseph has been passionately involved with student and community groups working to bridge the gap between UNM and the Albuquerque community. He is one of the founders of The Project for New Mexico Graduate Students of Color providing support for all graduate and professional students, focusing on the recruitment and retention of students of color. Most recently the outreach and recruitment coordinator for the Title V U.S. Dept. of Ed. Graduate Resource Center providing graduate and professional students support services to complete degrees in a timely manner. Currently he is an instructor for the Chicana/o Studies Program at the University of New Mexico completing his dissertation Petro Para La Patria: Lázaro Cárdenas and Fidel Castro on National Sovereignty and Oil Conflict.
Joseph J. Garcia’s CV can be found here.