Since UTEP’s first days in 1914 the University has been a culturally diverse institution.
Raul Barberena was the first Hispanic instructor in the University of Texas system and taught Spanish to the first class of mining students.
Barberena was an engineering student who was also hired to teach Spanish.
He is the first of many in UTEP’s history that places UTEP at the forefront of cultural diversity.
Learn more about UTEP’s cultural diversity in the encyclopedia HERE: http://encyclopedia.utep.edu/index.php/Cultural_Diversity
Jessica Molinar Muñoz is the director of communications for UTEP's Centennial Office.