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
Armand J. Avila is currently a sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering, with a minor in Political Science. A long family history at UTEP motivated him to take a more active role at the University, and his appointment as a Supreme Court Justice is his first involvement in a student organization (though not the last). Despite this, you can almost always find him on campus, whether it be at his dorm room at the Miner Canyon complex, or at his job in the UTEP Library’s Special Collections Department on the building’s sixth floor, interacting with the University’s archive material and aiding patrons in finding materials relevant to their research. His passion for both science and politics lies at a unique intersection, and in the future plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from UT Austin before going on to work in government through NASA or the EPA; acting as an advocate for greater public understanding of scientific concepts and discoveries.
Supreme Court Justice
Courtney Chesanek is a senior pursuing a bachelors in biology at the University of Texas at El Paso. On campus, Courtney represents the university as a Miner Ambassador, SGA Supreme Court Justice, and SCLA Vice President. In preparation for a career as a Physician’s Assistant, Courtney earned her EMT-B and is currently employed at Rio Grande Urology. In her free time she volunteers for the Franklin high school choir boosters as secretary , first-aid for the Franklin marching band, and at Robert’s Elementary School. Courtney enjoys serving the student body at UTEP and dedicates herself to upholding the principles of the SGA throughout her term.
Austin Garibay is currently a junior at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and is majoring in nursing. He has been actively involved at UTEP every year and has held various leadership positions in several organizations, such as, Vice President of External Affairs for the University Honors Council, Treasurer for Global Scholars Organization, Coordinator for the University Honors Peer Mentor Program, and several others. He aspires to help as many people as possible anyway he can. These aspirations are what motivated him to join the UTEP Student Government Association (SGA). He has currently been in SGA for two years and plans to stay throughout his college career. While serving, he has taken part in the Document Review Committee, Student Application Review Committee, and the House Creation Committee, in addition to fulfilling his Supreme Court responsibilities. Through SGA he can serve the student body in multiple ways and give back to the campus he loves.
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.
Supreme Court Justice
Nallely Ramirez is a sophomore majoring in Biochemistry. She is involved in several organizations on campus which include National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Collegiate Double T Honor Society. She is an Honors Program student and serves as a mentor under the the Peer Mentor Program within the University Honors Program. She is also serving as President of the University Honors Council, a representative student organization of the University Honors Program. The UHC focuses on peer-to-peer support, academic success, service to the community, service to UHP, service to UTEP, as well as a campus and community social networking opportunity for students. She has also had the pleasure of being an intern at Paul Foster TTUHSC School of Medicine. Outside of school, she serves as a member of Youth Group in St. Peter and Paul church.
Upon graduation, Justice Ramirez plans to attend medical school in hopes of becoming a pediatrician.
As a Supreme Court Justice, her goal is to serve the student body by providing transparency by becoming an efficient and accessible judiciary branch. Additionally, she is determined to work with the Excel Committee to encourage incoming freshman students the importance of getting involved and further develop their leadership skills in the university level 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.
Aylín P. Heredia
Traffic Court Justice
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.
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.
Traffic Court Prosecutor
Paola Torres is currently a freshman at the University of Texas at El Paso majoring in Economics under the College of Business Administration. She plans to further her education after her bachelors degree with a law degree in International Business from the University of Texas at Austin. She has big plans of becoming a corporate attorney for a global business. Having an extensive background and knowledge about the courtroom and its procedures—working closely with lawyers from the District Attorney’s office throughout her high school years in the Mock Trial program through the Sandra Day O’Connor Criminal Justice Public Service Academy at Stephen F. Austin High School—Paola is now a Prosecutor for the UTEP Student Government Association with the goal of using her knowledge and experience to help in maintaining a safe, fair, and efficient traffic system for students within the university. Outside of school, Paola has been actively involved with her beloved El Paso Community working at voting precincts in both presidential and local elections. In addition, she has volunteered at the El Paso Child Crisis Center and the Salvation Army. Torres is very passionate about working within a courtroom environment and is very happy to have the opportunity to gain more hands experience doing what she loves.
Traffic Court Prosecutor
Edward Uritson is currently a senior majoring in criminal justice with a minor in psychology. He currently is a Prosecutor for the UTEP Student Government Association. Upon graduation, Edward plans to attend law school and start his practice in business law or tax law. Additionally, he is currently working with the Department of Justice and is glad to be a part of the Student Government Association and gain insight and experience in one of UTEP’s student organizations.
Azrin S. Azmi
Azrin Azmi is a sophomore majoring in Mathematics with a minor in Secondary Education, expected to graduate on May 2020. She was born in Malaysia, but raised in Mexico, which has fueled her desire to travel and experience differing cultures. She is actively involved in Student Government Association as the current Judicial Assistant. She is employed at the Center for Accommodation and Support Services as a reader/ scribe, where she helps accommodate students in need. After completing her undergraduate degree, she hopes to become a high school teacher and facilitate an efficient learning environment for students as they prepare for college.