Clara Miranda takes Southern Utah University on a Journey

Published: April 05, 2010 | Read Time: 2 minutes

For over two hundred years, people have been coming to the United States from all over the world. Countless number of reasons are embedded deep into the souls of those who have lived firsthand this experience. There are many similarities and differences during periods of transition and cultural discovery. And understanding this assimilation process represents an incredible challenge for many new immigrants.

It is only through education, support and acceptance that these challenges are overcome, and Southern Utah University’s Convocation Lecture Series is pleased to host Clara Miranda's discussion of the “New Immigrant Experience: a Cultural Journey” this Tuesday, April 6, at 11:30 a.m. in the SUU Auditorium.

Miranda's presentation, which seeks to address many of the assumptions and stereotypes that accompany the immigrant experience, is free and open to the public.

In 1975, Clara Miranda moved from Mexico City, Mexico, to Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho. From Idaho, Military relocation took Miranda and her family to Las Vegas, Nevada, where she has lived since 1980. In a storytelling format, Miranda will share many heartwarming and humorous stories representative of her immigrant experience, including assimilation into the U.S. military culture, migrant education, holidays, traditions and life in the desert.

Miranda began her teaching career over thirty years ago in Mexico City, Mexico. When she moved to Las Vegas, she joined the Clark County School District. Her many roles include: classroom teacher, coordinator for ESL and bilingual programs, interpreter and translator in English and Spanish. In 1994, she published a children’s book titled Cesar Chavez, Labor Leader. Currently, she is the Coordinator of Diversity Education and Outreach in the Teacher Induction and Mentoring Department in the Clark County School District. Miranda is adjunct faculty at several colleges and universities, and is proud to present this Convocation in conjunction with SUU’s Teaching ALL Conference for senior education students.

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