El Paso Community College (EPCC) is one of many institutions that serves a unique student population. The majority of its students are Hispanic or of another minority ethnicity, are often first-generation students, and also tend to come from low-income backgrounds. These traits often become pre-disposed labels that accompany differential treatment that can occur not only in the education system but also in the judicial and carceral systems.
I had always assumed A.D.H.D was a phenomenon that only manifested in young boys. Stereotypical and diagnostic characteristics included being disruptive, hyperactive, inattentive, male, and Caucasian. My diagnosis as a young adult in college had severely disrupted this lens, as I was seemingly the opposite: quiet, timid, female, and Hispanic.
What does it mean for a sound to be amplified? Are they made to be more noticeable? When a sound is amplified, it is expanded. It is made to be louder and heard. The sounds I hear in one area with more activity may immediately catch my attention, but they are not any less noticeable to what I hear in another area with less activity. They are of a different ambience as sound stands in different volumes—in different layers.
Since this past summer, our team of Faculty and Student Fellows have been planning our upcoming project with The Humanities Collaborative at EPCC-UTEP, which we've titled "Philosophic Dialogues from la Frontera." Now that the fall semester has started, we've decided to introduce everyone to our team members and our project goals.
Music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I remember watching my father play the keyboard and sing during weekly practices at home. I remember watching him perform live and allowing me to sing or tinker on the instruments. Even though the band members were not related to me by blood, they became integral to my musical upbringing.