Shirena Trujillo Long

Shirena Trujillo Long is a Fort Lewis College graduate who began working as coordinator for El Centro de Muchos Colores Hispano Resource Center in 2005. Shirena self identifies as Hispana or Chicana and is the product of a bi-cultural family with her Mexican-American father's roots centered in Chama, New Mexico, and her mother's German-Scottish roots from Indiana. She is a native of Utah and was raised in Farmington, N.M., before moving to Durango where she earned her bachelor's degree in English/Communications and Spanish in 2000. She earned a master' degree in Educational Leadership from the University of New Mexico in 2013 and has been a certified Anti-Defamation League diversity facilitator since 2007. Shirena is one of the key people responsible for establishing the Common Ground Program at Fort Lewis College.

Adam Betancourt

Hello, my name is Amanda Riddick and I am a freshman studying Exercise Science. I graduated from a very small charter school called Early College of Arvada. I love traveling and learning about new cultures and their different ways of life. Therefore, with much work and effort, I had the opportunity to take two trips out of the United States. I enjoy going to concerts, I also like reading. I wanted to go to Fort Lewis College because of the environment. Not only does the campus have trials leading in and out, it also has small class sizes and the chance to really get to know the professors.




My name is Alex Blocker. I am a 5th year senior at FLC, and couldn't be more excited about being a Skyhawk. I began my student teaching this semester and have cherished the opportunity to see how the education process works from the other side. In my personal life I plan to continue my focus on music videos, short films, and a Free EP of about 8 songs this year titled "The Unexamined Life EP."

            El Centro is a headquarters for me. Many of my friends and acquaintances can be found there. Being in El Centro has been a great way for me to stay in the loop both academically and socially. I see it as a jumping off point for my own ideas about culture and events in the school and community. At El Centro I have had the refreshing experience of sharing my ideas with a group and actually getting to watch them become a reality through the collaboration of my peers.

            Upon graduating I hope to move to a major city like Albuquerque, Denver, Phoenix, Seattle, or possibly back home to Chicago. Going to school at Fort Lewis has made me realize how much I love to travel. There are so many terrains and venues at our fingertips in the Four Corners. Whether you are a freshman searching for your place at the college, or a senor struggling not to lose motivation, see your commitments through to the end. If you ever don’t feel like being in a lecture, just remember that I'm probably somewhere trying to get 50 seventh graders with instruments in their hands to quiet down. That should make lecture notes seem like a piece of cake!

Hello! My name is RaeLee Airiel Medina! I am 19 years young and currently a junior. This is my second year here at the Fort though! I began working at El Centro this year, and it has already been a blast! I was originally born in Tucson, Arizona but grew up in a tiny little town called Las Animas, Colorado. Fun fact: Las Animas was named this due to Native American burial grounds being located relatively close to the town, which is also known as the City of Lost Souls. I was adopted/taken in by my grandparents and grew to love animals and sports with a passion. I currently have a 2-year-old terrier named Stitch, after my favorite Disney movie, and he definitely lives up to the name! I also adopted a puppy last valentine’s day for my little sister from the Farmington Humane Society. Her name is Brownie and she is currently a 9-month old fur ball who LOVES to swim. If there’s one thing I hope to accomplish in life, it is to give them a good life. I also wish to be in the FBI as a k9-unit handler and trainer. Secretly, I’m hoping for a puppy to name Lilo just so I can complete the duo. I have had a passion for swimming since I was 3, swam in state, and continued my swimming career into high school. Unfortunately, Fort Lewis College doesn’t have a swim team, so I could not continue to pursue it. In that time, I was taught social skills and being a part of a team has helped me in the long run!


My name is Nathaniel Armenta. I am from Bloomfield NM. I pursuing a bachelor’s degree in engineering. I have transferred to Fort Lewis with an associate’s degree in Instrumentation Controls Technology. I have been attending the Fort for one full year now. I have a 5 year old son who just started Kindergarten. I am an RA for the apartments here at the Fort. I did not always know that I wanted to go to college. I didn’t graduate from my original high school. I was expelled my senior year. I spent the better part of my young adult hood as I like to put it, chasing the wind. After I found out I was going to be after I changed the way I lived my life. It was hard but I knew that it was time to start living a life that had a future. Life was not about me anymore it is about my son Ezekiel. I enjoy listening to lots a different types of music but I really enjoy black metal and death metal. I like spicy foods and trying new foods. I would like to go to Japan one day. I love learning about new cultures. I like paranormal activity, ghosts, things to do exorcisms and the super natural. Aliens are also of interest to me.

Hello my name is Michael White, I am a non-traditional transfer student from Gallup, NM. This is my first year attending the Fort. I was previously studying construction tech, I have a Degree in weatherization. I own and operate New Mexico Bully Camp as well as 4 Corner Party Rentals .I am excited to be studying business at the Fort I look forward to meeting new people to socialize and network.


My name is Bryan Dalla-Cundiff and I’m a senior at FLC. I am pursuing a major in Anthropology, and happen to be a native of Durango. I’m president of the Anthropology Club and sit on the Real History of the Americas committee as a student liaison to El Centro de Muchos Colores. Some of my favorite activities are camping at the top of mountains, white water rafting, walking my pit-bull, hanging with friends, writing poetry, and traveling (when possible). I enjoy learning from different cultures and self-identify as human. I’m a lover of music, science, real history, philosophy, and the world. I see things for what they are, regardless of the consensus, and have the bravery and imagination to dream of what could be. I am a participant of TRIO, as well as a student employee at El Centro, and an all-around good guy to know.


Hi my name is Sofia Campos and I am from California. I am majoring in Public Health and I enjoy playing sports and doing outdoor activities. In high school I was named athlete of the year with ten varsity letters overall. I was also active in many clubs and the president of our HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) chapter as well as the co-president of an Interact Club (service club). I was an intern at John Muir Hospital as well as an intern for my high school's sports medicine program. I am part Native American (Cherokee), Mexican and Peruvian and I love to learn more about my culture. I am an adventurous person who loves to try new things and I look forward to the many adventures that FLC will bring me!  

Hi! My name is Deryk I am a Sophomore here at Fort Lewis. I enjoy making art whenever I can and snowboarding in the winter too. My favorite activity to do here in the beautiful city of Durango, among many others, is longboard.  It is my second year working here at El Centro de Muchos Colores and more often than not you can catch me making the event posters for El Centro sponsored events around campus and Durango.


Hi! My name is Zane Goodell. I’m a freshman here at Fort Lewis College and I live in Mancos, Colorado. I was born in Albuquerque New Mexico. I developed my love for the prehistoric world at the Albuquerque Museum of Natural History that I visited every Friday with my dad. My passion for the prehistoric further deepened when I watched Jurassic Park for the first time. I moved to Mancos when I was 4 and I was homeschooled up until the day I started college at Fort Lewis. I am majoring in geology and I love skiing, judo and anime.

Hello my name is Stacy John; I am a returning staff member to El Centro de Muchos Colores.  I am currently a junior, double majoring in Sociology and Spanish.  I am originally from Arizona but have resided in Colorado for about seven years.  I identify as Diné and Dakota.  On my free time I like to hike, enjoy the outdoors and spend time with the people I love.


Hello, my name is Valerie Jade Calabaza, I come from the Pueblo of Santo Domingo and the Navajo Nation. I am currently a sophomore at Fort Lewis College, studying exercise science physiology. I graduated from the Santa Fe Indian School. I enjoy being an active person by participating in sports such as running, playing basketball, and softball. I am first generation college student. I have one younger sibling, and we are about ten years apart. I have a passion for making Native American jewelry, which I learned from my grandparents.

Hey, my name is Josephine Bachelder and I’m in my second year of some unknown combo of Biology and Chemistry as well as my second year working at El Centro. Hopefully this combo will lead into getting a doctorate and then becoming a surgeon. I love sciences, if you can’t guess by my studies, and all kinds of art forms. I think that they’re far to separated. I also am passionate about the outdoors, which sometimes is a hardship on itself because of my incurable klutzy nature. I have a grocery lists of injuries from my adventures that I’m sure could fill a novel, but it’s worth it to live in Durango. Because it has a great school, with a great community, and plenty of nature to fumble around in.

My name is Israel Aragon and I am from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am a junior studying Engineering. This is my second year at Fort Lewis College as well as working at El Centro. I love the Durango area and Fort Lewis College. Outside of school on my free time I like to play and watch soccer, listen to music, play video games, hang out with friends, and I love to travel. My family is from Mexico so I grew up with the Latin culture and I absolutely love it.

I am Kate Suazo, a junior here at the Fort. I am a psychology major, a common ground facilitator, a student ambassador, and the work-study student manager here at El Centro. Hailing from Bernalillo New Mexico, my favorite food is my grandma's homemade tortillas. I love dancing in the rain, meeting new people, and going on adventures. My best friend is my mom, and I am not ashamed because my mom is the coolest. I love working at El Centro because it is my home away from home and the people rock. I hope to graduate next year and change the world.

HI! My name is Jasmin Gonzales and I am a junior at FLC. I identify as Native American as I was born and raised in San Ildefonso Pueblo, NM. I am currently majoring in Elementary Education but after I graduate I hope to pursue another degree in Special Education. This semester I am taking on the role of President for Club del Centro and I am very excited to see what this semester has for me. I love music (especially from the 40’s and 50’s) and I enjoy being friends. If you ever see me in El Centro don’t be afraid to say hi!


Hola!! Mi nombre es Kelly Ann Maes. I am a non-traditional student in my junior year studying Environmental Studies and Biology. I am very interested in public education and elementary education regarding more sustainable environmental practices. I am also looking to work in alternative energies and textiles after graduation. The best part of my life is my 11 year old daughter. I enjoy many types of outdoor activities, travel, dance, gardening, cooking, and working with children. I really love my job at El Centro because I love the diversity of the students I meet at the center and the food and events are awesome!





My name is Allie Wolfe and I am a sophomore double majoring in Psychology and Art here at Fort Lewis College, hoping to pursue a career in Art Therapy. This semester has been my 3rd semester working at El Centro but my first serving as the editor of La Movida! I also work as a barista at Durango Joes. I am a feminist, an animal rights activist, a big band and swing enthusiast, a Common Ground trained Diversity Facilitator and an artist. I am passionate about helping others and I desperately want a pet pig. Although I am far from my home in Bentonville, Arkansas I love Durango with all my heart and I am so excited to see where this year takes me #FeelTheBern

My name is Samantha Garcia and I am a senior Psychology major pursuing a focus in counseling here at Fort Lewis. I am originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico but Durango has really become a second home for me. I am a senior team leader for El Centro while also being a Student Ambassador and an active member of WellPAC, a group who strives for holistic health on our campus. I am very active in many different areas on this campus so always feel free to ask me any questions you may have! FLC has really taught me a great deal, much of which I didn’t find in a textbook. So take a hike with friends, read a book you really love, and adopt a cat. Always have a cat.