(blog) Diana Torres, 2014 Work-Study Student

Diana Torres is a student at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studies Human Development and Family Sciences.  Diana is the oldest, of five siblings, the youngest being only 5 years old.   Maria and Victor Torres immigrated from Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico in 1992 and decided to raise a family in Edinburg, TX (AKA The Valley)  because that is where Mr. Torres's parents and grandmother were living.  The close knit family unit Diana has had while growing up has encouraged her to pursue a degree in a field where she could provide that same family support to others who may not be in an ideal situation.  She believes that it is important for children to have a supporting and healthy functioning family in order to grow and reach their full potential.  

Diana is currently working with CASA, a nonprofit who advocates for abused and neglected children.  As a Court Appointed Guardian Ad Litem, she is able to give a voice to a child who is one amongst hundreds of CPS cases. By working closely with CPS caseworkers, attorneys, parents, and teachers Diana is able to make sure that the child's needs are met and that the family is getting the resources they need to achieve reunification.  

Currently, Diana is working part time with Texas Foklife where she is excited to gain insight in the various cultures found in Texas.  Learning and engaging in different traditions are important in serving families. She plans to take what she will learn and make that connection between families and service providers stronger in order to promote well functioning programs that are sensitive to the diverse population of Texas.