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Improving Lives of Texans
Along the Border


The Texas A&M University Colonias Program helps increase self-sufficiency and enhances the quality of life for colonias residents all along the Texas-Mexico border.

Colonias are impoverished, relatively undeveloped villages located near population centers on the U.S. side of the border that often lack one or more neighborhood infrastructure elements such as running water, electricity, or paved roads.

Colonias program staff partner with a wide variety of public and private agencies to provide literacy and job training, health education, economic and community development for colonias residents.


San Antonio

Oscar Muñoz, director

Central Rio Grande

Jose Luis Gutierrez, associate regional director

Lower Rio Grande

Laura Trevino, associate regional director

Western Rio Grande

Pema Garcia, associate director