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National Chicano Studies Group to Honor UTEP Alum

Last Updated on January 29, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Originally published January 29, 2018

By UC Staff

UTEP Communications

The National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) Tejas Foco recently announced that Felipe de Ortego y Gasca, Ph.D., would receive its Premio Estrella de Aztlán – Lifetime Achievement Award.

Felipe de Ortego y Gasca, Ph.D.
Felipe de Ortego y Gasca, Ph.D.

Ortego was the founding director of The University of Texas at El Paso’s Chicano Studies program from 1970 to 1972. He also earned his master’s degree in English in 1966 from Texas Western College, now UTEP. Since 2007, Ortego has been a scholar in residence at Western New Mexico University in Silver City, New Mexico.

The NACCS awards committee said Ortego was selected for his contributions toward the betterment of Chicanas/os in Texas while a Texas resident. The award will be presented during the group’s annual conference Feb. 16-17, 2018, at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin, Texas.