Student Profiles

Wenima is her name in Wixarika. María Guadalupe Bautista Díaz is a native of San Miguel Huaixtita and Tuxpan de Bolaños; she graduated July 10, 2023 with a degree in Tourism Design and Administration from the Technological University of Nayarit. She received a scholarship from 2021 to 2023. Currently she is working at the Four Seasons Resort Tamarindo, in La Huerta, Jalisco, where she is initiating workshops on Wixarika culture. Her dream is to return to her community and generate employment via tourism.


Video presentation from April 2022 featuring Wixarika Scholarship Fund alumnus  Zulema de la Cruz (Arquitecture 2023) and Alejandro Cosío who continues to be an enrolled scholarship recipient. This presentation is largely in English with some bilingual components and was part of our annual fundraiser for the scholarship fund.

Mario de la Cruz Carrillo is a native of  Arroyo de Cañaveral, a small community in the Municipality of Nayar in the state of Nayarit. He graduated with a degree in mathematics from the Autonomous University of Nayarit in the Spring of 2023. Mario is very interested in working toward the creation of a curricular mathematics program that can better engage Wixarika youth utilizing innovative pedagogical practices so that students may find both enjoyment and relevance in the subject.

Muileme Gabino Valdez ia of Na'ayeri and Wixarika descent, he was raised in the community of Mesa del Tirador. Muileme is part of the first generation of students at the Universidad Tecnológica de la Sierra in the Na'ayeri community of Mesa del Nayar where he studied a degree in nursing.