2015 Hilos Summer Institute

Institute Staff

Herman Martínez, Ph.D., & Patricia Martínez, M.A. Herman and Patricia Martínez of Alamosa, CO, have each enjoyed forty year professional careers working with students and families at all levels of education in their native San Luis Valley; both are Adams State University Alumni. Their involvement in the cultural and performing arts has expanded their participation in the development of creative avenues for youth, particularly in Mexican Folk Music and Dance. Founders of the Guadalupe Dancers in Pueblo, CO, and El Grupo Folklórico - Semillas de la Tierra at Adams State University in Alamosa, CO in the early 1970’s; they have seen both groups continue to realize long-lasting success. Co-founders of ANGF (Asociación Nacional de Grupos Folklóricos), Herman and Patricia helped create Conferences/Festivals for students to experience instruction in Mexican Folk Dance and Music Traditions, and cultural exchange opportunities at an international level with faculty and instructors from Universities and Cultural Arts Centers throughout Mexico and the United States. Their involvement with Hilos Culturales for the past 12 years has centered on showcasing the community folk music and dance traditions of the last 400 years, unique to the Upper Río Grande region of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Through collaborations, Herman and Patricia have developed initiatives generating opportunities to recognize and appreciate the mosaic of Indio/Hispano cultural heritage through workshops, lectures, exhibits, conferences and performances.

Andréa Benton-Maestas, Title V Grant Activities Director, is a native of the San Luis Valley. She was a Boettcher Scholar and attended CSU-Pueblo where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, graduating magna cum laude. During her tenure with Adams State University, she has served as a Programmer, Institutional Reporting Director, and as an Adjunct Instructor for remedial math, Academic Achievement Strategies, and most recently, “The Lifeways of the San Luis Valley.” Within these various capacities, she has been able to gain a great appreciation for the challenges faced by Latino students as well as the enrichment they bring to higher education because of their unique experiences. This motivated her to achieve a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration & Leadership from ASU. Andréa has a great passion for the education of all students as well as a strong desire to share in the heritage and history that are the foundation for the students at Adams State University.