This past summer we were saddened by the unexpected passing of Dr. Rosalinda Aregullín Valdez, our departmental advisor. Rosalinda started working in the Department of Hispanic Studies as an advisor in 2007. Before that, she had worked as a lecturer and she had been among the department’s first doctoral graduates. Over the years, she was responsible for the advising of countless majors and minors. She was also a friendly face to many graduate students over the years. Her office was a hub of activity and a home away form home to many Hispanic students on campus, especially those who, like her, hailed from the Rio Grande Valley. She was the advisor to student groups such as the Hispanic Studies Association, and a proud member of Sigma Delta Pi, the Spanish National Honor Society. She will be greatly missed, as was apparent from the many wonderful stories we all shared at her memorial in September.
To honor Rosalinda, her daughter Elizabeth Castillo has organized a fundraiser through the American Cancer Society. You can help by purchasing a shirt in her name here
The department will soon be working with her family to establish a scholarship in her honor. Please let us know if you would like to help us remember Rosalinda for generations to come.