Gloria was born in California, but have spent most of her life living in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her father was from Mexico and her mother was first generation US born to parents from Guanajuato, She attended Salt Lake City public schools, graduating from West High, and receiving a BA degree from the University of Utah. Gloria is very active in the Hispanic community as a volunteer for churches, book clubs and Artes de Mexico en Utah. As a Chicana, Gloria has provided a meaningful point of view to our program materials. It was her father who introduced her to the history of Mexico, from the pre-Columbian peoples to 20th Century conflicts. His influence helped her to acquire a love of history, not just Latin American, but of the world and, this is what peaked her interest in Anthropology, human culture and society, through the archeological record and human behavior.