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USDA HSI Regional Director

Ruby S. De La Garza is the USDA-HSI Regional Director for Texas. She is hosted at the University of Texas - Pan American (UTPA), located in Edinburg, TX. UTPA was recently recognized as one of Forbes “America’s Best Colleges” and was the top ranked public HSI in Texas on the magazine’s list.

Hispanics are the fastest growing population within the State of Texas. Texas is home to over 9 million Hispanics, a figure that is currently increasing at an unprecedented rate within the State. The USDA, in partnership with The University of Texas-Pan American and other institutions of higher education, is committed to serving the 42 Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) located in Texas. The number of HSI's in Texas will likely increase within the next few years given the significant growth in the Hispanic population in the state. There are currently over 40 emerging HSIs in Texas.

Due to the significant importance agriculture has on the Texas economy, the state has many challenges and opportunities relevant to USDA's mission areas.The state also has the nation’s largest rural population with 80% of the total land area in Texas considered rural. As the HSI Regional Director, Ruby works with HSIs to assist students, staff, faculty and local community organizations build partnerships with USDA and gain access to federal resources and opportunities.

Ruby received a Bachelor of Science in Health Education from Texas A&M University-College Station and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Texas - Pan American.

Before coming to USDA, Ruby worked as a Program Manager for Valley Primary Care Network Healthy Start Program. The community-based program aims to improve birth outcomes by ensuring women receive early and adequate prenatal care through outreach and health education.

Ruby is a native of the Rio Grande Valley, the southernmost part of Texas along the U.S-Mexico Border. The main industry in the Rio Grande Valley is agriculture; the subtropical climate and soil provide an almost year round growing season for farmers. The Valley is known for its Ruby Red Grapefruits and Sweet Onions.

Born and raised in Alamo, TX, she is an advocate of community involvement programs for youth and Hispanics.

USDA-HSI Regional Director, Texas
University of Texas - Pan American
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences, Rm. 211
1201 W. University Drive
Edinburg, TX
Phone: (956) 665-7436
Cell: (956) 587-2656

Texas Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Amarillo College
Angelo State University
Brazosport College
Brookhaven College
Claredon College
Coastal Bend College
Cy Fair College
Del Mar College
Eastfield College
El Centro College
El Paso Community College
Galveston College
Houston Baptist University
Houston Community College
Howard College
Laredo Community College
Lee College
Midland College
Mountain View College
North Harris College
North Lake College
Northwest Vista College
Northwood University
Odessa College
Our Lady of the Lake University
Palo Alto College
San Antonio College
San Jacinto Community College
South Plains College
South Texas College
Southwest Texas Junior College
St. Edward's University
St. Mary's University
St. Phillips College
Sul Ross University
Texas A&M International University
Texas A&M University Corpus Christi
Texas A&M University Kingsville
Texas State Technical College- Harlingen
Texas State University
University of Texas Brownsville
University of Texas El Paso
University of Texas at San Antonio
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Anotnio
University of Texas Permian Basin
University of Texas Pan American
University of Houston Clear Lake
University of Houston Downtown
University of Houston Victoria
University of St. Thomas
University of Incarnate Word
Victoria College
Western Texas College
Wharton County Junior College

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