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.




Alex Blocker is originally from the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago’s southside. He began studying violin at a young age, and by high school that had led to his participations in open mics, talent shows, orchestra concerts, and music production. He has been in bands such as; The Weigh and DeltaWavesENT, but in recent months has been working with New Mexican DJ/producer Kino Benally aka DJ Beeso on new singles as they learn from one another’s cultures and musical background. Blocker is hoping to graduate from Fort Lewis College this year with his degree in music education with a focus in violin. Recently Blocker became a common ground facilitator though Fort Lewis College to be better trained to do deal with the types of hard hitting topics that todays educators have to be smart about .

Manuel Chavarria



Hola, Ya’at’eeh…Hello Everybody. My name is Amoretta Pringle. I am Navajo and Tlingit. My home is Sunflower Butte, AZ. I am attending Fort Lewis College to earn my Bachelor degree in Accounting. My goal after graduation is to pass the CPA exam to become a certified public accountant. I have lived in Durango for ten years and I am a single parent. My goal in life is to work hard and provide for my children so that they will have the necessary means to pursue their dreams and goals. There is not a day that goes by without some challenge, but all in all it has been worth it. The one thing that I have learned as a student, sibling, friend, community member, and mother is that there is not one person not having trials in life and I have the ability to reach out a helping hand. Without being judgmental or critical but being sincere and thankful. At one time I was the one needing that helpful and sincere hand.  The many people I have met in Durango, whether it be just crossing paths or them becoming a part of my life have supported me and that, is what I am most thankful for. I’d just like to let you all know, whatever your dream is, whatever you want to do in life it is possible…so keep moving forward and shine!!!

Hope Crespo

Hi! I am Maram Ashe Alawi (Marh-rohm Auh-shay ah-lah-wii) and I am a super senior this year at FLC! It’s my first year as a work-study student at El Centro, but I had often visited in the past and attended numerous events hosted by El Centro. I am actively involved and loosely affiliated with a number of organizations on campus and in town, so it really is me you're seeing zooming by. Please don't be shy and ask me how you can get involved! El Centro is a wonderful resource center where we can meet and narrow down your passions. I am looking forward to an awesome year at El Centro and FLC!

Andrea Dalla

I am Andrea Dalla, a 5th generation Durango native.  I am now a senior at FLC and am a dual major in   Sociology and Psychology.  I hope to be able to counsel juveniles and/or people re-integrating into society after being in prison.  I am a single mother of two grown children who are both amazing individuals.  I very much enjoy my internship with Judge Martha Minot at La Plata County Court.

My name is Catie Welch and I am a sophomore here at Fort Lewis College. As of right now my major is undeclared but I am leaning towards journalism with a minor in art. I am from Bellingham, Washington but have now fallen in love with Durango. I feel very fortunate to have spent my time in two wonderfully beautiful places! I love to spend time outdoors, hiking, camping, and gardening. I also love to experiment with art. I am super excited to be a part of El Centro and to see what the year brings.

Noah Garcia

My name is Noah Garcia I was born in Northern New Mexico. I am a senior studying Engineering with a Spanish minor. I am highly involved with Village Aid Project-Engineers without Borders and I cherish my time traveling and speaking Spanish while on projects with other FLC students in Nicaragua. I enjoy working as a tutor in El Centro and as a student ambassador with the admissions office.‚Äč

Hi, my name is Deryk Trujillo! It’s my first year here at El Centro and I love it here! I’m from Pueblo, CO. I’m a graphic design major and love to make art and listen to music! My favorite artist is Andy Goldsworthy and my favorite cereal is Reeses Puffs. I love to go snowboarding and hiking. My favorite color is Green. My favorite band is Aer and Atmosphere.

Hola! Me llamo Mercedes and I was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the heart of the South Valley. My ancestors were among the first Spanish settlers to cross over to New Mexico from Spain. I have deep-seeded cultural ties to my Hispanic heritage, its history, and its people. I am a Junior this year at The Fort, majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology. I love going on adventures, bumping music, dancing to Shakira, doing yoga, and meeting new people so holla at your girl.

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.

My name is Katherine Montoya and I am from Rio Rancho, New Mexico. I am a sophomore here at the Fort as well as an RA (Resident Assistant) for West Hall and a dedicated member of TRIO. I am majoring in Sociology and Human Services and I am passionate about helping others and educating people about resources on campus. This is my first year working at El Centro and I am extremely excited to meet new people and learn new skills. Latino College Day is the reason why I decided to attend Fort Lewis College. It felt like home to me and everyone was very welcoming and friendly. That is why I am enthusiastic about helping plan Latino College Day this year. I know how important El Centro is to me and I want to make it that much more important to someone else.

I am Josephine Bachelder, I was born in Boulder, Colorado and raised in a small town called Erie only 20 minutes away from Boulder. I am a freshman at Fort Lewis College, aspiring to major in Organismal or Micro Biology with a minor in Chemistry, all in four years. While my major and minor are purely science, I love the outdoors and everything that comes with it, though mostly skiing. Along with binge watching Netflix and working at El Centro, I draw and sculpt when I can get my hands on the materials.

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 homemade by grandma 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!

Magaly Torres Hey there, my name is Magaly Torres I am a sophomore in the Athletic Training program, from the Chicagoland area. I am a certified Zumba instructor teaching at the Student Life Center and at El Centro. When I'm not busy working you can find me dancing, running, drawing, or cooking!

I am Bryan Dalla-Cundiff, a junior at FLC. I am pursuing a major in Anthropology, and a native of Durango. Some of my favorite activities are camping on top of mountains, white water rafting, and walking my pit-bull. While being of Italian descent, I enjoy learning from different cultures and self-identify as human. I am a lover of music, science, history, philosophy, poetry, 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 part of Program for Academic Advancement, as well as El Centro, and I am a good guy to know.

Hello my name is Sandra Chihuahua. I am from Lovington New Mexico. I am currently a senior here at Fort Lewis College. I have learned many leadership rolls here at El Centro, which have made me feel more independent. I’ve also been able to participate in several of events, such as, Latino College Day and Fiesta on the Mesa. I feel like El Centro has given me the opportunity to feel at home. Coming from a girl who lives eight hours from home, I have enjoyed my time at Fort Lewis so far.

My name is Deanna Atkins, a senior majoring in English Communications at Fort Lewis College. I am a news anchor for The Independent News Magazine’s Fort Fuel Video News department and I am a news anchor for as well. Upon graduation, I aspire to be a news anchor and host at a local or regional news agency. I have always loved journalism but I have a specific yearning to be involved with televised news. I am from Cortez, Colorado where I graduated in the class of 2012. I play the flute and have done so for twelve years. I am also a certified snowboard instructor where I have eleven years of experience under by belt. I love reading, baking, dancing and photography.

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


Hola! My name is Leighton Scott, this is my first year at Fort Lewis and I’m loving every minute of it! I hail from Farmington, New Mexico and love working at El Centro. I am studying to be a biochemistry major. In addition to being part a part of Fort Lewis!  Then also secluding myself in my room to watch all my shows.