Sergio Olivas Jr. is a junior majoring in economics in the College of Busines Administration. Though originally from Santa Teresa, he came to UTEP because he was attracted to the idea of regional economic growth. In his view, West Texas, Southern New Mexico, and Northern Chihuahua will be able to prosper most optimally from a regional mindset and not from a fragmented perspective. He is an active member of the Regional Economic Development Association and was recently elected as Vice-President.
Outside of school, he volunteers for Wolf-PAC, a nonpartisan organization advocating for campaign finance reform. He had the opportunity to testify for public comments in favor of the Free and Fair Elections Resolution in front of the New Mexico Senate Rules Committee in the 2017 session, which passed unanimously.
He formerly interned with Congressman Steve Pearce at the Las Cruces office and volunteered in the City of Sunland Park as a receptionist. Upon graduation, AG Olivas would like to attend law school or continue on towards a PhD in Economics. For this academic year, he hopes to strengthen the Judicial Branch and facilitate smoother interactions with the student body.
Alejandra Gutierrez is currently a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso studying Finance in the College of Business Administration. She is actively involved in several organizations throughout the university which include Zeta Tau Alpha Women’s Fraternity, Delta Sigma Pi Professional Fraternity, and Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society. She has honorably held various positions within these organizations, varying from Community Service Chair to Academic Chairmen. She has always held aspirations to represent the university and thanks in great part to UTEP Student Government Association, she has been able to accomplish them. SGA is here to help with the needs of every student, all the while creating an experience that bonds the student to the university. She is proud to say she has embraced that purpose and proudly share it with esteemed students and future alumni of this great university.
Supreme Court Justice
Kenia Guerrero is a Multimedia Journalism student, minoring in Political Science. Growing up in a borderland community, has inspired her to pursue a career dedicated to public service and immigrant advocacy. During her college career she has volunteered for a number of immigrant advocacy organizations, written for two web magazines, interned for Congressman O’Rourke’s congressional office and senatorial campaign and currently works as a production and news intern for Telemundo 48. Kenia initially became involved within the SGA as an Elections Commissioner and decided to apply for Supreme Court Justice, as she truly believes in SGA’s vision to apply strict standards of accountability and transparency within the student body
Jonathan Picado is a senior majoring in Political Science with a concentration in Law & Politics. He is involved in several organizations on campus which include Pi Sigma Alpha, University Democrats, and the Chicano(a) Legal Leadership Institute. He is also serving as Co-President of HeForShe at UTEP, an international gender equality movement as part of United Nations Women. On the state level, he is serving as a Texas Civic Ambassador for the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, which focuses on developing and improving civic life in different campuses and communities across Texas. Outside of school, he works at Rincon Law Group, P.C.
Upon graduation, Justice Picado will be pursuing an MA in Political Science at UTEP in order to continue his research in areas pertaining to public law, such as judicial behavior, comparative courts, constitutional law, and judicial independence. He ultimately plans to attend law school and obtain a joint JD/PhD in hopes of becoming a law professor or constitutional lawyer.
As a Supreme Court Justice, his goal is to provide impartiality in polarized issues that may be brought up to the Court. Additionally, he is determined to work with the Document Review Committee to edit and streamline all governing documents within the Student Government Association.
SGA Traffic Court
Traffic Court Chief Justice
Christian Morales-Castaneda is currently the Traffic Court Chief Justice for the Student Government Association. He is a senior majoring in English and American Literature, minoring in Commercial Music and Recording. In addition to his work to the Student Government, Christian is the Founding President for The Society for Collegiate Leadership and Achievement; an honor society that seeks to increase community service within campus and that strives to strengthen the leadership and networking capabilities of everyone at UTEP. Additionally, Christian is the Public Relations officer for Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society; brother of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia; and member of HeforShe and Student Alumni Association. As far as his employment is concerned, Christian is a Building Operations Supervisor for Union Services; he works mainly during the weekends and is in charge of properly handling the Union technical (audio/visual) equipment, as well as of coordinating events accordingly and accommodating every guests’ needs. On top of that, Christian assists the Office of Alumni Relations serving as an avid Miner Ambassador; the individuals in charge of professionally representing the University in a wide variety of events, while maintaining and promoting a strong pride for UTEP. In regards to personal projects, in 2017, Christian pioneered the “UTEP Flowsheet” initiative, which seeks to bring back the Yearbook in order to connect UTEP students in this era of digital media, and hopefully, facilitate the way Miners communicate and engage with one another. And whenever he is able, Christian takes an additional job helping his dad’s business by being a part-time mechanic. Christian has served numerous positions in several offices and organizations across the University, and he’s eagerly proud to call himself a Miner. In the future, Christian expects to maintain his studies in UTEP and pursue a Professional Masters degree – a combination of a Leadership Studies Certificate with a certificate in Geographic Information Science and Technology. With it, Christian hopes to influence the field of oceanography in the discovery of deep-sea exploration, as well as serving as a mediator between scientists and the world – by communicating scientific discoveries to people. Christian is expected to graduate May 2018.
Traffic Court Public Defender
Kaitlin Johnson is a junior majoring in English and American literature with a minor in History. Through completion of the Law School Preparation Institute, she hopes to eventually attend law school to better facilitate opportunity at a unprejudiced and equal country.
After serving as an attorney for students in the Teen Court program offered though El Paso County, Public Defender Johnson grew interest in policy and the law. In furthering this interest, she interned for Congressman O’Rourke and Senator Rodriguez, where she participated in various events and committees that allowed her to engage with the community and gain a new perspective of political matters. Aside from her involvement with politics, Ms. Johnson also is a Guardian Ad Litem for the Court Appointed Special Advocates program, where she focuses on advocacy of foster children in the community.
Aside from law school, Ms. Johnson hopes to practice criminal law, and upon retirement, become a university professor. Through her position as Public Defender, she hopes to facilitate a more efficient parking and transportation system on campus, as well as ensure students are given a fair verdict in court.
Traffic Court Justice
Andres H Lucero was born and raised on both sides of the border he is a senior majoring in Criminal Justice with a minor in general business, expected to graduate on May 2018. After graduating Andres plans on working for the federal government in hopes of becoming an undercover agent. He currently works as a work study in campus at the special collections floor of the library. As a traffic court justice Andres would like to help students get a fair trial on their traffic citations and inform them about all the traffic guidelines that the university has.
Traffic Court Justice
Steve Meraz is currently a senior at the University of Texas at El Paso, studying in Electrical Engineering. He is greatly engrossed in his studies as he strives for a 3.7 GPA. He is dedicated to assisting his colleagues, community, and country. Steve is an enlisted soldier with the United States Army Reserves. Aside from serving, he volunteers at three local high school JROTC programs: El Paso, Horizon, and Ysleta. His goal is to advocate for higher education, career opportunities, and personal development. Steve supports his community through EP Riverbend Development by volunteering at multiple charitable events under their sponsorship. Lastly, Steve’s mission as Traffic Court Justice is to ensure that every student has a voice. Whether through citation or in person, he is willing to aid those in need of assistance.
Traffic Court Public Defender
Luis Suira is a first year graduate student pursuing a Master’s in Latin American and Border Studies. After graduating from the University of Tampa in 2017, he maintains involvement with UTEP organizations including Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc. and actively advocates for Greek Life on campus. As Public Defender, Luis uses his undergraduate experiences in moot court and legal research to represent UTEP students in Traffic Court.
Aylín P. Heredia
Aylín P. Heredia, is currently a junior majoring in Economics, with a minor in Political Sciences. Justice Heredia just transferred to UTEP from EPCC last spring, after graduating with an Associates in Business Administration. She currently holds a legal position in a law firm. Upon graduation, Justice Heredia plans on attending law school. She would like to work for the Public Sector and help El Paso unleash its potential, to grow economically. As a current Traffic Court Justice, Aylín, would like to assist students with their appeals in accordance with the University’s Traffic Regulations in a just, and unbiased manner.