"Entre los individuos, como entre las naciones, el respeto al derecho ajeno es

la paz"

"Among individuals, as among nations, respect for the rights of others is peace".

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Featured Community Member

Professor Armando Duarte


Written and interviewed by:

Michelle Lopez, Sophomore, Spanish Major, University of Iowa

Professor Armando Duarte is a Brazilian native that teaches modern dance, choreography and related subjects at the University of Iowa. Professor Duarte speaks three languages fluently: English, Portuguese and Spanish; plus understands Italian and French as well.

Professor Duarte got his calling for dance during his visit to the University of São Paulo in his senior year of high school. One of the images that stuck most in his head during his visit was a dance class that he was able to observe. From that moment, he knew that he wanted to dance.

Professor Duarte had always played sports, especially soccer. One day, he heard that a director of a local dance school was offering to all male athletes to become dancers and the incentive was a scholarship. Professor Duarte took this opportunity and decided to take some dance classes. He started out dancing as a group ensemble with other male athletes and after some weeks of practice, they were put on a stage to perform. Shortly after, Duarte started touring in many places, first in Brazil and later around the world. Professor Duarte explains that one of the things that have helped him become a good dancer is the knowledge and discipline of sports that he applied to dancing.

When he was touring he traveled to places such as New York City, London and Seville among others. During the early 80’s, he experienced very intense training in New York. Later in 1989, he was invited to perform and choreograph as part of the International Choreographers Workshop at the American Dance Festival in North Carolina. He was also told that it would be a great opportunity for him to come to America to earn his masters degree in dance.

Duarte went back to Brazil to tell his family and with just two suitcases, but many dreams and a fellowship, he moved to New York City to attend the master program in dance at the prestigious Tich School of the Arts - New York University. After he finished his master’s degree, he decided to continue living in the US searching for a professional opportunity in the dance field. He worked as a busboy and a house cleaner among other jobs while still dancing with companies in the city and producing his own work. In 1992, he applied for an Assistant Professor Tenure-Track position in the Department of Dance at the University of Iowa. Shortly after, he received a call back from the university inviting him to join the faculty in the department. From 1993 to now, he worked on many projects involving students, UI colleagues from various departments and collaborators of all kinds, taught numerous students and even traveled to Europe in different occasions to teach and/or choreograph. In 2006, he became a full professor.

When asked about any struggles that he might have faced because of his heritage he explained, “You are whom you are. You need to honor you ancestors and your heritage and perhaps that is what will make you unique.” He explains that moving to America has not been a huge cultural shock but that it is a daily experience and not a negative one. He enjoys the fact that he can share his heritage with others through his choreography and his teaching. Professor Duarte is also very excited that he is currently teaching a new course titled Brazilian Carnival, music and dance (137:157) for the UI students of various backgrounds. In addition, he is also directing the same course through the Office for Study Abroad where he takes interested students for an on-site experience in Brazil during the winter session. The program is called Brazilian Carnival, music, dance, design and street performance - 165:894.

Professor Duarte has been recognized with several fellowships and awards but what he finds the most gratifying recognition is the one that comes from people he interact with on a daily basis, in particular the students. Next to his desk, he has a box of around 100 letters and pictures that his students and peers have given to him throughout the years. Some of the letters tell him know how thankful they are to have met him and for how much he has taught and/or shared with them. Professor Duarte humbly wants to continue to make a difference by sharing as much as possible about, dance, life and art with all of those he is privileged to interact with.

Featured Community Member

Jose Ponce


Written and interviewed by:

Michelle Lopez, Sophomore, Spanish Major, University of Iowa

Jose Ponce is of Mexican descent born in Elmhurst, Illinois. He has a twin brother that goes to college in Illinois and a younger sister whom is a freshman here in Iowa. Ponce was the first in his family to move out of the Chicagoland area and this was hard for him and his family because they were used to having big gatherings every weekend especially during the holidays. Growing up Ponce did not have the opportunity to interact with many Hispanics because there are not many Hispanics living in his Chicago suburb but he explains that, “people are very accepting…I don’t look at being a Hispanic as much of a challenge.” Being Hispanic has definitely helped him in many different ways. He believes that although the minority population at Iowa is low, the university still wants you to succeed. His first year in Iowa, he received the Opportunity at Iowa Scholarship. This scholarship provided him with free tutors and counselors, who keep in touch with him to make sure he is on the right path to success.

Ponce is an engineering major with a minor a business and math planning to graduate in December 2010. He decided to attend the University of Iowa because it was a Big 10 school and because it had a good engineering program. Ponce says he likes the fact that the engineering program is small because he has had the opportunity to get to know his professors, teachers and his peers very well.

Currently, Ponce is the president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, a senator for the National Society of Black Engineers and he is part of the Engineering Student Council. Ponce makes the Hispanic community very proud. He is a well-rounded student with a very bright future.


Featured Community Member

Javier Campos, MD


Written and interviewed by:

Michelle Lopez, Sophomore, Spanish Major, University of Iowa

Dr. Campos was born in the Mexican border town of Nogales. At the age of 14, his family, including his eight brothers and sister, moved to Arizona. He loved Mexico so much especially because he could help his community he decided to go to the University of Guadalajara for his undergraduate degree and for medical school. He then received his training and fellowship from the National Heart Institute and his goal was to serve the Hispanic community. As a cardiac anesthesiologist, he liked Mexico an what he was doing but he had a desire to come to the United States to learn more about the American culture. He wanted to serve Hispanics in the U.S. with his medical background.       

Dr. Campos went to the University of California at Los Angeles where he did his cardiac anesthesiology fellowship. He only wanted to stay in the United States for 2 years and then go back to Mexico but he never went back. Dr. Campos mentions that in UCLA he had excellent mentors that allowed him to succeed. While in California, Dr. Campos noticed that there was some diversity in Los Angeles and there was quite a few Hispanics. While he was in LA, he liked that he was able to identify with students in diversity programs. He met some international students, which he found fascinating. He also learned how hard it is to come to the United States and succeed because the standards are very high. He stayed at UCLA for 5 and a half years and was then invited to Iowa to give a lecture and to explore some opportunities that he could be offered. He was surprised to see that the Hospital and the University are both outstanding institutions. Dr. Campos also noticed that the number of minorities was very low and he asked himself, “Can I make a difference with my background and my goals?” Dr. Campos was then offered a position in the department of anesthesiology as an Associate in Anesthesia.

Working here, in the University of Iowa, he met a great mentor that helped him become an international figure in his specialty. He focused on anesthesiology research and thanks to the advice that he received, he reached his goal of becoming the chief of cardiac anesthesiology. He has held this position for the past 10 years and he also is the Vice-chair of Clinical Affairs of the Department of Anesthesiology, which means he is responsible for the operating room and to improve management so that his department can succeed. In January, he was named the Executive Medical Director of the operation room which has been the greatest challenge is his career thus far but he loves every minute of it especially because it allows him to communicate with nurses, surgeons and hospital administration. He explains, “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be an executive. I always focused on the scientific part of my career by giving conferences all over the world.” He is delighted to serve as an executive in Iowa and in the hospital.      

Right now, his focus is to have more representation of females in the hospital and his goal is patient safety and to accomplish quality work in a timely fashion. Dr. Campos has been named one of the Best Doctors in America for the past five years. In addition, he has been recognized as teacher of the year five times in UCLA and in Iowa. Dr. Campos is a hard worked that has made the Hispanic community very proud but in addition to being an excellent doctor, he also enjoys car races. He likes watching Indy and Nascar races.








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