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06 April 2022

Ximena Diaz-Velasco: MANO Intern Prepares for Career in Landscape Architecture

Amid the pandemic, Ximena Diaz-Velasco partnered with local artists and a group of friends to create a mutual aid fund to support excluded workers including undocumented and immigrant communities ineligible to receive aid under the…
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30 March 2022

Moy Mendez: Cultivating Change Through Ministry

“It’s almost like a calling. A deep desire that I have inside to be able to provide a leg-up for people that look like me, people that share my story—a person of color.”
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23 March 2022

Fabiola Torres-Toledo: Becoming One of Nature’s Ambassadors

Stony coral tissue loss disease is a waterborne disease that began threatening corrals in Florida, then expanded to the Caribbean. To protect these organisms and stop the disease from spreading, divers must apply amoxicillin paste…
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16 March 2022

Margarita Flores: Intrinsic Discoveries

“We were at church one day and I remember I told my grandmother, ‘mom [we used to call my grandmother, mom], I want to be like him’ and pointed at the priest, and she just…
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09 March 2022

Shley Suarez-Burgos: MANO Alumni finds her place in Ocean Advisory Council

Born in Miami, Florida to Cuban and Puerto Rican parents, Shley Suarez-Burgos was involved with coastal life at a young age; however, she never anticipated a career in conservation until she was struck by a…
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02 March 2022

Pastor Moses Borjas: Protecting Castner Range for Future Generations

Pastor Moses Borjas has lived in El Paso since his early childhood. Some of his earliest memories include weekends at the El Paso Museum of Archaeology right next to Castner Range. They’d drive across town…
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