Congratulations to Historic Preservation student Diana Hernández who was recently awarded the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Mildred Colodny Diversity Scholarship. Diana is one of four students nationally to receive this honor, which awards her over $12,000 towards her education and research in recognition of her academic and personal commitment to preservation and diversity.
Diana has taught in Texas for 10 years and has been an independent researcher on issues of language, diversity and preservation since 2014. Diana obtained an M.A. in Spanish Language, Literature and Culture from the University of Houston and a B.A. in Public Relations and Spanish Language, Literature and Culture from the University of Houston. In summer 2019, Diana conducted research with the National Institute for Anthropology and History in Mexico City. The initiative titled, “Sites of Memory of the Slave Route in Latin America,” focuses on the preservation of sites related to Afro-Mexican history and culture and is part of an overarching effort by UNESCO. Her work, locally and abroad, highlights the preservation of cultural landscapes related to the history of racial violence. She is currently documenting and researching the history of a Mexican/Mexican American cemetery in the Travis County area as well as additional sites in Houston as part of her master's thesis.