From the Director
For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Guadalupe San Miguel, Jr. I am the interim director of CMAS for the 2014 spring term. Dr. Mindiola, CMAS Director, asked me if I wanted to assume the directorship this semester so that he could devote all of his time to finishing a book manuscript. I willingly accepted.
I thought it would be useful to write something about my background, training, and scholarship. Hopefully, this short bio will introduce me to the staff, students, and supporters of CMAS.
I am originally from Corpus Christi, a moderatesized city located on the Gulf Coast in south Texas. Our family of seven, four brothers, two sisters, and my mother grew up poor in a small two bedroom home in the La Arboleda barrio. For many years, until I reached the ninth grade, we were seasonal migrant workers and annually left to Michigan where we picked cherries, tomatoes, and strawberries.
Because of our work schedule, I did not know what it was like to go to the first day of school in the fall or the last day of class in the spring. I experienced the excitement of attending the initial day of school for the first time in September 1964. This experience convinced me that education was the way out of poverty and out of the cotton fields. For the next several years, I devoted myself to schooling in order to improve my chances of getting a job other than picking cotton upon graduating.