Cohort Fall 2019/Spring 2020

Lauren Baca

Lauren is mixed with Mexican, Czechoslavakian, and American backgrounds. Her pronouns are: She, Hers, Her, and Ella. Originally from Gallup, New Mexico, Lauren has lived in Albuquerque for almost four years now as she is attending UNM. She is currently a senior this academic year, studying Philosophy Pre-Law & Women's Studies. Her main academic interests are in Gender Studies, Chicana Studies, Women Studies, and Androgynous Studies. Her ultimate professional goal would be to become a professor because she values the importance of education and critical thinking. 

Gene Hilario

Gene Alyza Hilario is a senior undergraduate student at the University of New Mexico, studying a double major in Statistics and Economics. She is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2020. Gene is an immigrant from the Philippines and has been living in New Mexico for almost three years when she joined the Institute. She strongly believes that the youth is the hope of the nation and that together, we can solve social and environmental injustices one step at a time. 

Dalilah Naranjo

Dalilah Naranjo was born and raised in Albuquerque New Mexico. She currently serves as the Community Engagement Coordinator for Crossroads for Women and is passionate about advocacy, organizing and work in the social profit sector. In an era where land and water is increasingly commodified, she believes that the traditions and teachings of indigenous philosophies can provide our current and future generations with the insight needed to reconnect with our roots and preserve that which brings us life. With a BA in Sociology from the University of New Mexico, she continues to learn from the community and join in solidarity with those seeking to protect it.

Tatiana Prieto

Tatiana is currently a junior at The University of New Mexico where she majors in Political Science as well as Chicano/a Studies. After she receives her undergraduate degree, she hopes to attend law school. Tatiana is passionate about environmental, immigration, health, and civil rights law. She enjoys playing tennis, spending time with her friends and family, and hiking the beautiful Organ Mountains. Tatiana was born and raised in Las Cruces, NM and takes great pride in her Hispanic heritage.