Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Iza Martinez

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Iza Martinez

Cultural Intrigue
During her four years at the Island University, Iza Martinez has been inspired by the quality of diversity, cultures and engaging activities happening all around her. The Rio Grande City, Texas, native and first-generation college student is set to graduate with dual degrees in English and psychology in December 2010. Through her involvement in the McNair Scholars program, Martinez is gearing up for her GRE exam this month and is pumped about graduate school. She has also learned how to conduct detailed research. Her working topic is Dora Mirabal: Feminism in Corpus Christi. In September, she will present her research at the first Southern California McNair Scholars Research Conference: Changing the Face of Academia to be held October 1-2 at the Claremont Graduate University. In addition, her research will also be published in the McNair Journal. Martinez has already attended McNair Conferences in Washington, D.C., and San Antonio, Texas. She first became interested in the Mirabal works while in the classroom during a lesson taught by Dr. Charles Etheridge, her McNair Scholar mentor. Martinez is analyzing Mirabal’s feminist pieces from the late ‘30s and early ‘40s, translating those works from Spanish to English and comparing them to works written by white middle class feminists during the first and second wave of feminism in the United States. For the last year, Martinez has been active in Big Brothers Big Sisters of America serving as a mentor and role model to a 9-year-old girl. She has also worked at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Barnes and Noble Bookstore her entire college career and has recently become involved in the “Best Seller” program. Within this program she receives training in all areas of operations, including management. Martinez, who was also on the spring 2010 Dean’s List is a member of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society. In the photo, Martinez holds the book “El Progreso, 1939-1940: The Work of Rodolfo Zepeda Mirabal and Dora Cervera Mirabal.”

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