MENTE is a project that aims to provide envisioning opportunities and experiences to students, families, and communities from migrant, immigrant, and agricultural/farmworker backgrounds through university-based educational and empowerment events with support from and collaboration with a network of educators, advocates, and stakeholders.
MENTE is based on the understanding that
- possibility for the socially, economically, politically, and educationally marginalized begins by recognizing and humanizing their lived experiences
- hope and change come from within, rooted in and nurtured and sustained by a community of compassionate and invested others
- even a brief interaction with a message of hope or possibility can be a seed for change and the redirecting of one’s life trajectory
The MENTE Project was founded by Dr. Reynaldo Reyes, Associate Professor in the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso.