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Francisco Guajardo

Executive Director, Llano Grande Center for Research and Development, Edcouch, Texas

Francisco Guajardo is a teacher at Edcouch-Elsa High School in Edcouch, Texas, a rural agricultural community on the United States-Mexico border. He is the founder and executive director of the Llano Grande Center for Research and Development, which operates out of Edcouch-Elsa High School in partnership with numerous non-profit organizations around the United States. The Center serves to create space for youth to engage in community-based research projects, leadership training workshops, public seminars and other public work, and also functions as a vehicle through which youth can remain connected with the community after leaving the school system. In addition, Mr. Guajardo is the founder of the dual language (English/Spanish) Llano Grande Journal, a school and community-based publication that features the work of youth and documents the lives and experiences of community elders. Mr. Guajardo is a former lecturer in the Department of History at the University of Texas-Pan American, and a former director of the Community Development Projects Initiative, a program funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's Managing Information with Rural America Initiative. Mr. Guajardo received a B.A. in English and an M.A. in history from the University of Texas, Austin, where he is currently pursuing a Ph.D.

 

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