Dr. Natalicio will be remembered by many as a pioneer in higher education. During her record-breaking 31-year presidency, she dedicated her life to serving UTEP and the greater El Paso community, all while focused on increasing access to excellent higher education.
Dr. Natalicio’s tireless leadership grew enrollment, created new programs, and positioned UTEP as a premier Hispanic-Serving Institution. In an interview for the UTEP Magazine in spring of 2019, Dr. Natalicio was asked what she considered to be UTEP’s greatest success during her presidency. She responded, “We’ve been especially successful in figuring out how to create opportunities for economically disadvantaged students and how to offer a university environment that both supports their needs and provides them with a level of quality that will ensure that when they graduate, they are able to compete with their peers anywhere.”
As a community, we must strive to continue Dr. Natalicio’s legacy around access and excellence.
This is why we have established the Dr. Diana Natalicio Legacy Fund. Gifts to this fund will support UTEP's mission. We hope you will join us in honoring the memory of Dr. Natalicio as we reflect on all she accomplished for the University. In her words, “No gift is too small to make a difference.”
If you are unable to donate at this time but would like to submit a memory in honor of Dr. Natalicio, please click here.