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Amada S. Almanza-Montalvo
Advisor for Spanish, Art, Theatre, Photography and Communication Studies

  • Alum
  • Staff
College of Humanities, Social Sciences and Arts
AG/ET 222
College Major
Year Graduated

Amada is an undocumented, unafraid and unapologetic graduate student pursuing her master’s degree in higher education administration at A&M-Commerce. As an undergraduate student, Amada had difficulty navigating through college as a first-generation immigrant and student with limited resources. Nonetheless, she was able to learn and obtain experience through her struggles.

Amada has been an active student leader on campus since 2016, advocating for the advancement of Latinx student issues on campus. She strives to continue working within higher education to help students become successful, no matter their background. She continues to use her leadership and experience to help the Latinx community through research, scholarship and advocacy.

In her role, Amada is responsible for planning, implementing and assessing cultural heritage month celebrations. She also serves as a graduate student advisor for ¡Mujeres de Acción!, a living-learning community for Latinx women.

A Conversation with Amada

What would you tell a student who is thinking about attending A&M-Commerce?

“A&M-Commerce is a place filled with opportunities for every student. Here you will find lifetime mentors and friends that will help your dreams become a reality! ”

What makes you passionate about Intercultural Engagement and Leadership?

“What makes me passionate about Intercultural Engagement and Leadership is the willingness of every person in our office to go the extra mile for each student. Here we ensure everyone is heard and feels welcome.”

What do you like most about your career?

“What I love about my career is that I continue learning new ways to advocate for students through my work. This knowledge helps create the next generation of leaders!”

Educational Background

  • MS, Higher Education Administration, Texas A&M University-Commerce, In Progress
  • BA, Spanish, Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2020
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