Legislative Branch: Senators-At-Large

Esber Aboud


ESBER ABOUD is a sophomore Marketing major at The College of Business Administration. He is currently an intern for the American Red Cross non-profit organization. Senator Aboud teaches elementary students about proper procedures to follow when natural disasters occur, and helps handle the volunteer intake system at the American Red Cross. Senator Aboud has been involved within the Student Government Excel Program, Theta Chi Fraternity, and is a brother of the International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi at the College of Business. Senator Aboud has served in Student Government for the 2015-2016 administration as a Public Defender and also as a Traffic Court Justice. As a Senator-At-Large, Aboud plans on establishing transparency and effective communication with the Student Government Association and the students he proudly serves.
Appropriations Chair for the 2016-2017 Administration

Celeste Acevedo


CELESTE ACEVEDO is junior studying Communications and is expected to graduate in Spring of 2018.  Senator Acevedo is involved with the Panhellenic Women’s Fraternity Alpha Xi Delta, and works as a publicity chair for her organization. Acevedo has one goal that she feels will reflect all of her decisions for the year. Senator Acevedo wants everyone to love the university just as much as she does.  Celeste Acevedo wants to create more activities and direct students to the proper resources in order to allow them to succeed.  Senator Acevedo also wants to increase transparency between the Student Government Association and the student body in order for students to receive an amazing college experience at The University of Texas at El Paso.

Kristen Ahumada


KRISTEN AHUMADA is currently a sophomore majoring in Cellular and Molecular Bio-chemistry, and is pursuing her Bachelors of Science degree with a concentration in medicine. Her miner pride and UTEP spirit come from her time and effort spent in school organizations. Senator Ahumada’s involvement consists of being the Historian and newly announced President for the University Honors Council (UHC), Peer Leader for the UNIV 1301 course, Honors Student in the University Honors Program, a member in Medical Professions Organization (MPO) and a past Exceller in SGA’s Excel Program.  The Excel program initiated her involvement upon campus providing her with many incentives to prosper at UTEP and thus granted her the opportunity to become a Legislative Assistant for the Collegiate Science Senator who galvanized her to pursue a higher position in SGA.  Aside from school, Senator Ahumada is an intern at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine, volunteers at a pathology lab with Dr. Do and at a physical medicine and rehabilitation clinic with Dr. Refaeian.  As your newest Senator, Kristen Ahumada is determined to fulfill her endeavors within her term by striving to get the students informed and involved within the decision-making process and by bridging the gap between the administration and the students. In addition, Senator Ahumada would ultimately like to cater to student life in order to give each individual student a great college experience at The University of Texas at El Paso.
Senate Appointment Review Committee (SARC) Chair for the 2016-2017 Administration

Mitzi Anguiano


MITZI ANGUIANO is studying Organizational and Corporate Communication at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is actively involved on campus as a member of the Women’s Fraternity Alpha Xi Delta, and Harmony Miners Organization. Senator Anguiano previously interned at the Office of Congressman O’Rourke and is currently an intern at Forma Group LLC. Presently a sophomore, she hopes to volunteer in the Peace Corps after obtaining her Bachelors of Arts in 2019. She aspires to attend law school at the University of California, Berkeley and become an ambassador for the United Nations. As a member of the Student Government Association she hopes to make services more feasible, work collaboratively with transportation services to make the university a safer campus, and provide more tutoring services.

Alfonso Arreguin


ALFONSO ARREGUIN is a sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering.  During his freshman year Senator Arreguin was a member of Vision Mexico, and was also inducted to Tau Beta Pi Honor Society for engineering majors. Senator Arreguin wants to bridge the communication between students and the Student Government Association as well as enhance Miner Pride and the overall student experience on campus.


Amarige K. Azzam


AMARIGE K. AZZAM is a senior at UTEP majoring in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. Senator Azzam was a member of the UTEP debate team, and is currently the marketing and social media director for a chain of local businesses throughout the El Paso community. Senator Azzam’s core goal is to provide a holistic college experience, with a focal point on the social aspect of college. Senator Azzam plans on launching health-based initiatives, and bringing local food vendors on campus to enrich the UTEP community. Furthermore, she also aims on providing an arena for UTEP students to showcase their skills and talents.
Document Review Committee (DRC) Chair for the 2016-2017 Administration

Mariana Briones


MARIANA BRIONES is an international student studying Electrical Engineering. She hopes to pursue a Master’s in Biomedical Engineering to one day work with prosthetics and human tissues. Senator Briones has had experience in organizing events ranging from competitions, fairs and workshops. As a past member of the SGA Excel program, she realizes the responsibilities that she must undertake in order to better the academic lives of the students that she serves. Her objectives are to create better communication between the students and the organizations, administration and the different departments among their college. She also wants resources for scholarships to be more accessible for all students of race, citizenship, and ethnicity.

Paulina Espinoza


PAULINA ESPINOZA is a sophomore majoring in Marketing and Management at The College of Business Administration. She is currently working at the Accounting and Information Systems Department at the College of Business Administration as a student assistant. She was previously involved in Student Government Association as a member of the Excel Program, a leadership program for freshmen students. As a Senator-At-Large she plans to act as a liaison between students and on-campus organizations in order to progress The University of Texas at El Paso as an exceptional institution.

Katie Gallegos


KATIE GALLEGOS is a junior majoring in Marketing at the College of Business Administration. She is currently interning with UTEP Athletics in their marketing department. She is also a peer leader with The University of Texas at El Paso Wellness program where she influences a positive sex culture on campus. As a Senator-At-Large, she hopes to implement the resources already on campus to continue activities that have proven to be successful in prior years. Senator Gallegos strives to have an open mind in students concerns and wants to ensure the priority of student needs on campus.

Estefania I. Herrera


ESTEFANIA ITATI HERRERA is a sophomore studying Biology with a concentration in the Biological Sciences. Her work experience ranges from serving as an intern at the TexLab facilities to teaching tennis in her local community. Senator Herrera is starting her term as the fundraising chair of the Women’s in Business Association (WBA) and is a member of A-PRIME TIME program. She wants to facilitate the process of establishing organizations on campus and promoting student involvement throughout the students’ respective colleges.
Appropriations Co-chair for the 2016-2017 Administration

Tania Mariscal


TANIA MARISCAL is a sophomore, double majoring in Multimedia Journalism and Media Advertising.  Senator Mariscal has been involved in numerous student organizations ever since her first semester at The University of Texas at El Paso.  She is the Liberal Arts President of Vision Mexico, Secretary of International Representatives Program (iRep), and a member of UTEP Student Advertising Federation. During the spring semester, Senator Mariscal participated in the Student Government Association Excel Program, a leadership program for incoming freshmen students, as well as working as an Orientation Leader for New Student Orientations (NSO). She also spent her time in the Student Government Association as a Legislative Assistant for a Senator during the 2015-2016 term. As your Senator-At-Large, Senator Mariscal plans to be the voice for the international students on campus by creating programs to help them in their transition to college life in the states. She would also like to improve how the scholarship system gives information to the students in order for international students to receive money for their education. Senator Mariscal believes that she must listen to the necessities of the students and serve them as best as possible in order to make a change at The University of Texas at El Paso.

Stephanie Paz


STEPHANIE PAZ is a sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences with a Biomedical Concentration at The University of Texas at El Paso with hopes of graduating in Spring 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Science. Senator Paz currently works with The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Tigua tribe in El Paso, Texas where she is working on a research project with the The Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board (AAIHB) Southwest Tribal Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) program. She is actively involved on campus where she is a member of Zeta Tau Alpha Women’s Fraternity and holds two executive council positions as Historian-Reporter and Membership Chairman for her chapter. Senator Paz is very passionate toward the positions she holds within the UTEP Greek community and plans on working hard within the Student Government Association as a Senator-At-Large. As your Senator-At-Large, Senator Paz plans on promoting organizations on campus in hopes that each college student will get the college experience they deserve. She also plans on listening and taking into account all ideas and concerns of the UTEP student body and working for them within Student Government Association.

Grissel R. Rodriguez


GRISSEL R. RODRIGUEZ is a sophomore, majoring in Finance at the College of Business Administration, and plans to graduate spring of 2018. Senator Rodriguez is currently involved in various student organizations, and holds positions for the Regional Economic Development Association (REDA), and is the Community Service Chair for the International Professional Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi. Senator Rodriguez enjoys helping others and volunteering in her community. During the Spring 2016 semester, Senator Rodriguez participated in the Student Government Association Excel Program for incoming freshmen. Senator Rodriguez plans to build closer relationships between the student body and departments, and enhance communication between the colleges at UTEP. She will provide students with the opportunity to voice their opinions and ideas while also focusing on increasing student involvement through campus events and activities, and showcasing miner pride throughout the greater El Paso community.

Evelyn Ruiz


EVELYN RUIZ is a junior majoring in Finance with a concentration in Financial Analysis. Senator Ruiz is involved in several organizations including the Accounting Society, Toastmasters International, Student Support Services Program, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars where she served as Treasurer for the 2015-2016 school year. She was also part of SGA’s Excel Program and served as a Legislative Assistant for the 2015-2016 term. As a Senator-At Large, Senator Ruiz plans to establish forums where students can ask professionals in their desired fields specific questions in an approach for those professionals to serve as guides and mentors for UTEP students. In addition, she wants to work with faculty and staff to encourage student involvement in organizations in order to enhance students’ college experience and better prepare them for the competitive job market.

Michael Villalobos


MICHAEL VILLALOBOS is a junior majoring in Marketing at the College of Business Administration. Senator Villalobos has been involved on campus as being a cadet in the ROTC program, which will allow him to commission as an Officer in the United States Army upon graduation. Senator Villalobos is also a proud member of the Texas Army National Guard as a part of the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). During his term as Senator-At-Large, Villalobos wants to strengthen the relationship between military affiliated students and organizations on and off campus and the Student Government Association in order to create a more collaborative environment at The University of Texas at El Paso.
Document Review Committee (DRC) Co-chair for the 2016-2017 Administration