Growing up in a tight-knit community in West Texas, Jennifer Lujan’s conservative parents had their daughter’s future all mapped out. She would forgo college, marry a man with “good benefits” and have babies like the rest of the women she knew. Her family had lived in El Paso for generations, when Texas was still part of Mexico, and for them, this was the way it was.
But from a young age Lujan, who remembers watching her father Carlos dress for work in his El Paso Electric Company uniform every day, had other plans. She had dreams of studying on a university campus.
“I knew that I was going to follow a different path. I just didn’t know how to go about it. And there weren’t many people in my life that