UTA My Way

Celebrating and honoring Latinx excellence at UTA

UTA My Way

Tuesday, April 13th, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

UTA My Way Virtual Event Details

This is a celebration of our students and the diversity we are so proud of here in Maverick Country. On Tuesday, April 13th, from 6:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m. we will present UTA My Way in honor of our LatinX students.

This virtual event is open to all incoming freshman and transfer students and features guests who will share their perspectives on the University’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusivity. The event will then offer information sessions with our Admissions and Financial Aid offices and a panel discussion with LatinX student leaders from the University. Students attending the program will be eligible for a UTA application fee waiver* and be entered into drawings for a chance to win UTA swag or an exclusive scholarship award.  Learn how UTA can be a part of your story! 

Upcoming UTA My Way Date

Tuesday, April 13th, 6:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.


UTA My Way Agenda 

6:00 p.m -  6:15 p.m. - Welcome by Ray Casas, Director of Community Impact for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club

6:15 p.m. - 6:35 p.m. - HSI Resources at UTA, Dr. Maria Martinez-Cosio, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs. 

6:35 p.m. - 6:55 p.m. - Admissions Presentation

  • Karla Hernandez - Admissions Counselor- English Presentation
  • Marco Flores - Admissions Counselor - Spanish Presentation

6:55 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. - Financial Aid Presentation 

  • Jon Rodriguez - English Presentation
  • Mayra Torres-Gonzalez - Spanish Presentation

7:15 p.m. - 7:35 p.m.- UTA Student Panel with Latinx Student Leaders on Campus moderated by Jocelyn Payan, Admissions Counselor

  • Lesley Gonzalez - Admissions Student Assistant 
  • Izaiah Ramirez - Go Center Mentor 
  • Maria Rios - Go Center Mentor, Esports Team Member 

7:35 p.m. - 7:55 p.m. - Bienvenida al Curso (Mock Lecture), Dr. Ignacio Ruiz-Perez, Interim Chair of Modern Languages

7:55 p.m. - 8:15 p.m. - Scholarship drawing (student must be present to win)  

8:15 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. - Closing Remarks by Assistant Director, Melissa Martinez Dominguez

Special Guest Speakers


Ray Casas

Ray Casas is a public and government relations professional. He has spent over 25 years working with and for major corporations and non-profit organizations across the world. Ray's professional career began at UTA when he rose to become Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions for Freshman Admissions. After 8 years in higher education, Ray moved to Washington, DC and worked for the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Currently he serves as Director of Community Impact for The Texas Rangers and chairs their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council.

Sonia Salas

Sonia Salas graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a BA in Communications. She is originally from Palo Alto, California and of Mexican descent. Sonia began her professional career in broadcasting at Univision 23 in Dallas. Her talent and efforts allowed her to move up the latter and eventually landed a permanent role as Media Communications Specialist. In Spring 2020, Sonia said goodbye to Univision Dallas and transitioned into a Brand Marketing Producer for NBC 5 in Dallas. Sonia hopes to leave a mark in the DFW as a creative & dedicated Mexican American producer.

Sandra Esquivel

Sandra Esquivel served as the Pathways Program Coordinator from 2017–19 and is currently the program’s Assistant Director. A first generation student herself and UTA alumnus, she holds a M.Ed. in Leadership and Policy Studies with a Higher Education Emphasis and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Business, History, and Mexican American Studies. Sandra works to promote higher education in the DFW area for more than 16 years both in the community college and university level. Her goal is to help envision and promote the strategic direction of the Go Center Mentor Program.

Dr. Maria Martinez-Cosio

Dr. Maria Martinez-Cosio is an urban sociologist with a Ph.D. from UC San Diego. She researches the relationship between private foundations engaged in community development, and the underserved communities, particularly those populated by English-language-learners. As a first-generation college graduate, and commitment to underserved communities, Dr. Cosio led a team of faculty and staff at UTA that successfully applied for the university’s first Hispanic Serving Institution grant, totaling $2.6M which was awarded in October 2015. She is the Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at UTA.

Dr. Ignacio Ruiz-Perez

Dr. Ignacio Ruiz-Perez is a specialist in Mexican and Spanish American Literature, with a particular focus on twentieth-century poetry. He is an author and award winning poet. Dr. Ignacio Ruiz-Pérez is co-editor of Independencias, Revoluciones y Revelaciones: doscientos años de literatura mexicana for UTA and University of Veracruz Press. His current research book deals with the role of anthologies in the ideological construction of a new aesthetic paradigm in contemporary Mexican poetry. With focus on works by Julián Herbert, Luis Felipe Fabre, Hugo García Manríquez among other authors.

Raul Solis

Raul Solis Glez is a first-generation college graduate from UTA with a double mayor in Broadcast Communication and Spanish. During his time in the university one of his biggest highlights is UTA News en Español, a fully Spanish college newscast. He is a ten time Emmy award winning producer and is currently part of the creative team at Univision Dallas, and a contributor talent for Noticias 23 and Despierta Dallas.