Dr. Heather Martinez currently serves as the Senior Director of the Office of Community Engagement, the Institute for the Development and Enrichment of Advanced Learners, and the Office of Academic Enrichment which are all a part of the Division of Institutional Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement at Texas Tech University. Through her office she is responsible for implementing and overseeing programs and partnerships which serve the community, engage faculty, promote learning and encourage conversations about the value of higher education. Prior to her current position, Dr. Martinez held executive positions in the fields of education branding and advocacy, economic development and medical staffing and outsourcing.
Dr. Martinez holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Wayland Baptist University, and obtained her Ph. D. in Higher Education administration at Texas Tech University. Her research interest focuses on the impact of culture and social identity on the college choice process and experience among minority female students in higher education.
Dr. Martinez is a proud alumna of Kappa Delta Chi Sorority, Inc., a member and former officer of the Hispanic Association of Women, a member of the Texas Tech Latino Hispanic Faculty and Staff Association, a member of the University Women's Club and a member of the Texas Tech University Gender Equity Council.
In addition to her duties in the role of director, Dr. Martinez is also an instructor, presenter and motivational speaker. She has taught courses in Women’s Studies and Integrated Studies, has presented at several conferences and seminars and has served as a motivational speaker for various organizations including several independent school districts, Upward Bound programs, the Women’s Leadership Forum, the Latina Leadership Initiative and the statewide Texas A & M University MEDALS conference.
Stephen Singleton joined the OCE staff in July 2013 and is a native of Missouri City, Texas. He is currently in his junior year, pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. Stephen is very active around campus being a member of several different student organizations including, but not limited to: Mentor Tech, the Collegiate 100, National Society of Black Engineers, and the Institute of Industrial Engineers. He is a firm believer in the ideal that you do not reach success in life on your own. There are people in your life that helped guide you to the position that you are in now and it is your responsibility to be that same guiding light for the generations coming after you.
Eduardo Espinoza joined the Office of Community Engagement in September of 2014. Eduardo is from El Paso, Texas and is currently in his freshman year, pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering with a minor in Mathematics. He is intricately involved in many activities on and off campus.
Eduardo is excited for the opportunity to talk to students about his experience as a college student, and hopes to inspire others to continue their education after high school. He also believes that every positive opportunity in life is a gift and one should take advantage of them.