Students of PRIDE High School got a sample of what it would be like to sit in a college classroom on Friday, April 11, 2008, when Austin Community College professor Dr. Mariano Diaz-Miranda brought his syllabus for History 2327: U.S.I-Mexican Americans for Spring 2008 to the campus.Diaz-Miranda
first discussed the textbooks and support texts used in the class and the course objectives.
"The purpose of this course is to look at the diversity and complexity of the Mexican American population in Texas in particular, and the United States in general," he
told the PRIDE group some of his
personal background, growing up as part of a minority.He was a good student who was "beat down" by society, and dropped out of high school.
Without a diploma or a GED, he
joined the military where he
discovered that he
had a knack for teaching.When he
left the armed forces, Diaz-Miranda
college career.He is now Director of the Latin American Studies Center, Chair of Mexican American Chicano Studies, and Professor of History at Austin Community College where he currently serves on the Student Retention Committee.He received a Master's degree in History from Midwestern University and a Ph.D. in Latin American History from the University of Texas at Austin.
From 1989 to 1991, he
served as the Secretary of the Brazilian Studies Association
of the Committee on Latin American History of the American Historical Association
.In 1985, he
was awarded the Outstanding Professor Award at Southwestern University
has authored many publications.