El Paso Community College Change Agent Team

Tina Carrick, Geological Sciences
Adriana Perez, Geological Sciences
Miguel Vasquez, Biology

Team Members

Tina Carrick

Tina has been teaching for over 17 years. She, along with others, developed, implemented, and ran a very successful summer camp program for high school students as well as a research opportunity for undergraduates (REU) program during the regular academic year. She enjoyed working in controlled source seismology. She presented a poster on EPCC's efforts to broaden participation at the 2017 Earth Educator's Rendezvous.


Tina teaches Principles of Earth Science, Principles of Geology, Physical Geology, and Historical Geology.

Adriana Perez

Adriana is an assistant professor. She has been teaching for over 20 years at different local institutions. She teaches face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses as well as dual-credit sections. She recently completed the Effective Teaching Course of the American College and Universities Educators (ACUE) program as well as the Teachership Academy at EPCC. She is currently the adviser to the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Adriana was the district-wide Coordinator for geology from 2015 to 2018,. She is the author of the InTeGrate module Environmental Justice and Freshwater Resources.


Adriana teaches Physical Geology, Earth Science, and Environmental Science. She teaches face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses as well as dual credit sections.

Miguel Vasquez

Miguel has taught biology at El Paso Community College for nearly six years. He teaches and develops online, hybrid, and face-to-face courses in biology and has developed the first fully online introductory biology course currently being taught at EPCC. Miguel is also involved in action research programs such as the Teachership Academy as well as the Faculty Mentoring Network under the Ecological Society of America. He also incorporates real-world research into his face-to-face undergraduate laboratory courses through the CURE program funded by the NIH.


Miguel teaches Introductory Biology, General Microbiology, and Anatomy and Physiology.


El Paso Community College has 5 campuses and other locations located in the far west of Texas. It serves more than 38,000 students per year and also serves Ft. Bliss, a nearby military base. Nearly a quarter of its students are under 18 years old and 85 percent are Hispanic/Latino. Seventy-seven percent of first-time full-time students are awarded Pell grants.


The geology and biology programs are both housed within the Mathematics, Art, Science (MAS) division. The MAS Division also includes Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Studies/Policy, Environmental Science, Mathematics, and Physics.

The Geology program offers an Associate's degree with seamless transfer to the local 4-year university (UTEP). Five full-time and 10 rotating adjunct faculty offer Principles of Earth Science, Principles of Geology, Physical Geology, Historical Geology, Field Methods, and Environmental Science. They have around 60 declared geology majors in their program. However, the majority of their students take geology courses to fulfill their science requirement. The department also offers a geoventures program, which offers several field trips each semester that are open to the public and highlight areas of geological interest within the El Paso region.

The Biology program serves both science and non-science majors. There are biology majors, however most students are taking biology for the nursing program.

Institutional demographic data is from IPEDS the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, U.S. Department of Education, typically for the 2018-19 year as available.