Legislative Branch: Collegiate Senators

Paola Chavez

Collegiate Senator of Business


PAOLA CHAVEZ is a junior pursuing her degree as a Financial Analyst at the College of Business Administration and will graduate in May of 2017. Senator Chavez is currently an intern at Affordable Insurance Group where she is in charge of the accounting and administrative work. Her involvement in the college of business has expanded her network of business professionals along with shaping her career path. Chavez’s affiliations in the college business include entrepreneurship, marketing, and finance. Senator Chavez joined the American Marketing Association (AMA) two years ago and is the former Vice President of Finance and the current Vice President of Professional Development. She was elected to be one of the 40 attendees of the first Student Entrepreneurship Fellowship at UT Austin, funded by the University of Texas system. The six week program consisted of providing structured education on Evidence-based Entrepreneurship by utilizing different tools along with a pitch presentation to venture capitalists in the Austin area at the end of the program. Lastly, she participated in the Paso Del Norte Venture Competition serving as the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for a patent-pending bio medical device. As the new elected Collegiate Business Senator, Senator Chavez wants to increase the network between the students and organizations in the College of Business by sharing her network of business professionals that can acknowledge the potential that UTEP graduates have. One of her many projects will include bringing the first business simulation competition to the College of Business Administration.

Tony Perez

Collegiate Senator of Education


TONY PEREZ is a junior majoring in EC-6 Bilingual Education, Upon his arrival at UTEP from Austin, Texas, Senator Perez’s passion for wanting to make a difference in the lives of El Paso’s children led him to joining an organization at the The College of Education. Because of this desire, Tony joined and went from being the local President of the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) to the West Texas District President of the award winning Texas State Teachers Association and the National Education Association. Aside from education, Senator Perez’s second passion is law. In spring 2015, under the Presidency of Robert Dominguez, Perez was appointed to the position of Public Defender, where his appreciation and compassion for justice allowed him to fulfill his duties as Public Defender. Senator Perez’s devotion for his college led him to run for the office of Collegiate Education Senator. His understanding of the struggles Interdisciplinary students endure during their preparation for the Texas State Teacher Certification Exams, specifically the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR), motivated him to make a difference in the lives of his peers. Aside from providing a voice of the College of Education, his goal is to focus on the interest of his peers by making them his priority. Upon graduation, Senator Perez aspires to attend Columbia University School of Law in New York City with the inclination of someday becoming a Law School Professor while at the same time practicing Corporate Law.
Senate Appointment Review Committee (SARC) Co-chair for the 2016-2017 Administration

Dante Chaparro Vega

Collegiate Senator of Engineering


DANTE CHAPARRO VEGA is a senior expecting to graduate in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Engineering Leadership with a concentration in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Biomedical Engineering. Senator Chaparro is a member of several student organizations including the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) where he served as a secretary, the Bio-medical Engineer Society (BMES) and Engineering without Borders. He is currently working as an undergraduate research assistant for the Joint Lab and also volunteers for a non-profit organization LIMBS International. Which is an organization that provides prosthetic solutions for amputees in developing countries. As the Collegiate Engineer Senator, Chaparro wants to bring local small and medium-sized companies that could offer students internships, co-ops, and volunteering experiences.  He also wants to increase the university’s support for young entrepreneurs and promote the interaction among the different engineering departments as well as the interaction among the colleges.

Ivette Lopez

Collegiate Senator of Health Sciences


IVETTE LOPEZ is currently a senior majoring in Kinesiology and minoring in Psychology at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is involved in multiple organizations such as the Kinesiology Club and UTEP’s Greek community. She is a proud member of Zeta Tau Alpha Women’s Fraternity and holds the position of their Director of Philanthropy. She is responsible for setting up philanthropy events in the community and on campus throughout the semester to raise money for breast cancer awareness and education. As Senator-At-Large, Lopez strives to implement the change that students in the College of Health Sciences want to see for their school. Senator Lopez also wants to bring more student engagement through organizations such as Healthy Miners workshops, Kinesiology Club, Students of Public Health and many more at the College of Health Sciences. Senator Lopez is determined to achieve her goal of listening to the concerns of the students that she serves as well as working with them to achieve an effective solution in order to benefit The University of Texas at El Paso.

Edmundo Esparza

Collegiate Senator of Science


EDMUNDO ESPARZA is a senior majoring in Biology with a Biomedical concentration at The University of Texas at El Paso. He currently works with the Dean of the College of Science as an undergraduate researcher. Senator Esparza is currently in his third year of the A-PRIME TIME program, which is designed to allow students to obtain their bachelors and medical degree in six years. He is also an undergraduate assistant at the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs. Senator Esparza’s goal for this term is to assist current students in their life plans after receiving their bachelor’s degree from the College of Science. Senator Esparza also plans to work with fellow students to identify and fix necessary problems within the College of Science.

Beatriz Ramirez

Collegiate Senator of Nursing


April Rumgay

Collegiate Senator of Graduate School


APRIL RUMGAY is a graduate student completing her master’s degree in political science. Senator Rumgay is the president of UTEP’s award-winning Epsilon Epsilon Chapter for Pi Sigma Alpha, the country’s only national political science and government honor society. She is also a proud member of UTEP’s Queer Student Alliance, University Democrats and Global Relations Organization. She currently makes her living as a teaching assistant with our university’s Political Science Department. While in office, Senator Rumgay seeks to encourage the growth of a Graduate Student Organization that will better represent the issues that graduate students face across our university. She strongly believes that facilitating a graduate organization is the first step toward making the Student Government Association give the long overdue attention that graduate students on this campus deserve. It is from this point that Senator Rumgay hopes to inspire not just membership but involvement in actively growing graduate resources here at The University of Texas at El Paso.