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Visualization prof heading STEM study in two colonias schools

Viz prof heading STEM study in two colonias schools

posted December 7, 2016
Six Hispanic high school students residing in South Texas colonias — impoverished, relatively undeveloped villages on the U.S. side of the Texas-Mexico border — are learning engineering basics in a study led by Francis Quek, a professor of visualization.
Colonias residents learn how to purify water at two new facilities

Colonias residents learn to purify water at two new facilities

posted March 24, 2015
Residents of Texas colonias, border communities often lacking basic infrastructure and amenities such as running water, are learning how to purify water using clay pot filters manufactured at two facilities operated by the Texas A&M Colonias Program.
Students seek votes for Big Idea, outreach project in Texas colonia

Votes sought for student project in Texas colonias

posted April 30, 2014
A group of students is seeking votes for a video detailing their proposal to partner with a nonprofit organization in the Rio Grande Valley with the aim of improving the fortunes of colonias residents — the group’s entry in the Big Ideas at Berkeley contest.
Computers to provide colonias residents with Internet access

Computers to help Colonias residents access the Internet

posted January 27, 2014
Colonias residents, many of whom lack internet access, will soon be able to get online on computer stations in 42 community resource centers all along the border operated by the Texas A&M College of Architecture’s Colonias Program.
Colonias program promotoras help Socorro flooding victims

Colonias Program provides help to West Texas flood victims

posted October 29, 2013
The Texas A&M Colonias Program came to the aid of flood-stricken West Texans last September when heavy rain and rising water drove many colonia residents in Socorro, a suburb of El Paso, from their homes.
Ph.D. student works to green building practices in colonias

Ph.D. project targets greening of colonias home construction

posted May 24, 2013
After investigating home building practices common in Texas colonias, impoverished areas near the Mexico border, a Texas A&M architecture Ph.D. student is working to share affordable, energy efficient construction techniques and home designs with colonias residents.
Doctoral student’s colonia settlers sketch shown at New York exhibit

Student's sketch chosen for NYC gallery exhibit

posted April 19, 2013
A sketch by Texas A&M Ph.D. architecture student Bara Safarova depicting the imaginary arrival of settlers to a new colonia was part of Sketch. 2013, an exhibit investigating the role sketches play in design communication shown at Fordham University in New York.
HRRC study forecasts hurricane threat behavior in South Texas

Study to forecast behavior during hurricane threats

posted November 21, 2012
Lower Rio Grande Valley officials will have help planning regional hurricane evacuations from a study undertaken by researchers at Texas A&M’s Hazard Reduction and Recovery Center in collaboration with the university's Colonias Program.
Colonias Program trains new promotoras in Travis County

New promotoras graduate in Travis County ceremony

posted October 25, 2012
Hispanic residents of Travis County will have better access to health care and social services with the help of a new group of promotoras, community health workers trained by Texas A&M’s Colonias Program.
Van Zandt redefining Center for Housing & Urban Development

New CHUD director shares vision for center's expansion

posted September 21, 2012
Shannon Van Zandt, the new director of the Center for Housing and Urban Development, is redefining and expanding the center's mission after its separation from the Colonias Program, the center's primary focus since its inception in 1991.
Colonias Program’s water project providing water to rural residents

Project providing ceramic filters to Texas colonias

posted August 14, 2012
The Colonias Program at the Texas A&M College of Architecture is increasing the availability of potable water to residents of colonias, impoverished communities in the Texas border region, as a partner in the Texas Water Project.
Colonias Program marking 20 years of service to Texas border

Colonias Program marks 20th year

posted January 25, 2012
After two decades focused on improving the quality of life for residents of the impoverished, relatively undeveloped villages, or “colonias,” clumped near population centers on the U.S. side of the Texas-Mexico border, the Texas A&M University Colonias Program is celebrating its achievements.
CHUD promotora graduation noted by valley newspaper

CHUD promotora graduation noted by Valley newspaper

posted August 12, 2011
The Rio Grande Guardian noted the graduation of a cadre of promotoras, community health workers trained by Texas A&M’s Center for Housing and Urban Development, in its Aug. 8 issue. The promotoras can now connect their fellow colonias residents with social services .
CHUD helps expand lunch program to Texas Colonias

CHUD helps expand lunch program to Texas colonias

posted August 9, 2011
In search of Texas locations needing children’s summer lunch programs, Catholic Charities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service turned to the Center for Housing and Urban Development for help.
Guisti, Olivares pen chapter in new Latino planning book

Giusti, Olivares’ pen chapter in new Latino planning book

posted August 3, 2011
A new book exploring critical planning issues facing Latino communities includes a chapter about a building technique in Texas colonias by Cecilia Giusti, assistant professor of urban planning at Texas A&M, and Miriam Olivares, an Urban and Regional Science doctoral student.