Dr. Gabriela C. Zapata is an ADVANCE Administrative Fellow in the Office for Diversity and Associate Professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. Her main responsibilities in the Office for Diversity involve the administration of the ACES and ADVANCE Fellows Programs. Dr. Zapata also works on programming in support of the Office’s neurodiversity initiative and Texas A&M’s goal to become a Hispanic Serving Institution. Throughout her career, she has been involved in the development and implementation of inclusive, research-guided methodologies and open educational resources for the teaching of Spanish as a second and heritage language, and she has served as trainer and mentor for pre- and in-service high-school and university instructors. Dr. Zapata has been part of several interdisciplinary collaborative projects that have had the objective of serving Hispanic communities in South Texas and the Salinas Valley in California. She is also a faculty mentor in the FIRST initiative for first-generation students in the College of Liberal Arts and a CIMER Entering Mentoring Trained Facilitator.