Diana Gomez
Year
2019
Chapter
Position
Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project, Central Texas Coordinator

Diana Gomez was raised in Kyle, Texas but eventually moved to “the big city” to become the first in her extended family to attend college at the University of Texas at Austin. She graduated with a degree in Mexican-American Studies, was named a McNair Scholar, and was a student activist on campus. Upon graduating, Diana joined AmeriCorps and worked at the non-profit, College Forward as a Senior Coach working with high school seniors at Manor High School and Crockett High School to become the first in their families to attend college. While at College Forward, Diana also specialized in advising undocumented students and Spanish-speaking parents through the college application process.

After finishing her two terms of service, she moved to Colombia to continue teaching high school students and was later awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil where she taught English and Ethnic Studies courses at the Universidade Federal de Lavras and Universidade Estadual Paulista - Assis. Upon returning to the United States, Diana transitioned into the legal field as an Unaccompanied Children’s Legal Services Specialist, working at the U.S./Mexico border to give “Know Your Rights” trainings and conduct legal intakes of undocumented immigrant children being held in detention centers throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Currently, she works at Lone Star Victims Advocacy Project as the Central Texas Coordinator where she provides free legal services to immigrant survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in rural areas of Texas.

In her spare time, Diana loves to write and perform poetry. For the past 10 years, she has volunteered at Resistencia Bookstore (Casa de Red Salmon Arts), the longest running Chicanx/Latinx/Native American-based cultural arts organization in Austin.