Lidia Valeria Carrillo graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso having completed her B.A.s in both History and French. During her undergraduate time, she developed an interest in the ancient civilizations of the world with a focus on Colonial Latin America. As an area of concentration, she wishes to analyze how the ideals of ancient Greek and Roman cultures shaped the way colonizers engaged the Latin American cultures they encountered. Her current research explores the impact of the Spanish mission institution and how it affected Native Americans. Her research is an effort to open the conversation to understanding how the past is shaping the future of the people impacted by the Spanish mission institution. She is motivated to become a professor to help students achieve their dreams and give them the support they need. She has a passion for telling stories that will help students understand and develop a passion for history as she did thanks to her mentors. She will be completing her M.A. studies at Mississippi State University starting Fall 2019. She is a fellow of the HSI Pathways to the Professoriate funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Her unique experience as a borderland resident offers context and a deep understanding of how colonial lives in the borderlands have evolved.