Profiles of Hispanics at EPA: Tex Gómez

Profiles of Hispanics at EPA

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Tex Gómez, National Recruiter for Hispanics and People with Disabilities
Human Capital Management Division
Office of Human Resources
Washington, DC

Question: Where were you born?

Tex Gómez: Fort Stockton, Texas in far west Texas.

Question: Where did you go to college? What was your major?

Tex Gómez: The first few years, I attended Sullivan Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. Then, I transferred to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where I eventually graduated.  My degree is in political science with a special emphasis in Latin American political and historical thought.  My minor was American history.

Question: What brought you to EPA?

Tex Gómez: My care and deep concern for our environment brought me to the agency.  The environment knows no boundaries, and pollution of any kind affects all of us in so many ways. I have great concern for Latinos,  especially along the U.S. - Mexico border.

Question: What kind of work do you do at EPA?

Tex Gómez: As chair of the Hispanic Employment Program Council, re-elected three times over the last eight years, I proudly oversee the Hispanic special-emphasis program managers on critical issues facing Latinos throughout EPA. Among the diversity groups at EPA, ours is the largest group of special-emphasis program managers.  It is a daunting task and will become more challenging over the next few years.  Greater emphasis regarding Hispanics in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields is a must. We should especially focus on encouraging Hispanic women to pursue careers in these fields.   I am the author of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between EPA and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the EPA – Gallaudet University MOU, and more.  In the Office of Human Resources, I am the National Recruiter for Hispanics and People with Disabilities as well.

Question: What message would you like to send young Latinos who are considering going to college?

Tex Gómez: Without question, they MUST go on to college. That’s a given. The critical point that needs to be made is to study smart, long and hard, and never ever take your “eye off the ball” so-to-speak.  Competition in this ever-changing world is at an all-time high. The world has become far more complicated these days and the issues facing Hispanics and the environment aren’t going away.  We need their expertise.

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