Today, we'd like to recognize our former grantee Tania Martínez Cruz, the first indigenous woman in Mexico to study a doctorate abroad. Tania is a member of the Mixe culture, an indigenous group that calls the mountainous Mexican state of Oaxaca home.
Tania studied her master's in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering with a Fulbright-García Robles postgraduate studies scholarship in 2010 at the University of Arizona. While there, her grandmother back home gave her a traditional rebozo (shawl) from their Mixe indigenous culture, saying "I want you to wear my rebozo, so you don't forget about us, about who you are and where you come from. Tell the people over there how we live here."
I want you to wear my rebozo, so you don't forget about us, about who you are and where you come from. Tell the people over there how we live here.
With her academic accomplishments and activism, Tania continues to make her community, the Fulbright Program, and all Mexicans proud.
Tania is currently completing her doctorate at the University of Wageningen in Holland, where she studies Knowledge, Technology, and Innovation. But after graduating, Tania plans to return to Mexico and enrich her local and national communities with scientific advances, particularly in the fields of agriculture and ecology.