Puerto Rican Organization for Educational Support and Advocacy

On September 20, 2017, Hurricane María struck Puerto Rico and caused unprecedented destruction. Consequently, Puerto Rican students and faculty at the University of Texas at Austin began to help their relatives, friends, and communities on the island. In the process, students and faculty shared concerns and contributed in various efforts of outreach and fundraising.

On December 9, 2017, three faculty members decided to create an organization to pull together any and all individuals at UT Austin who wish to support Puerto Rico’s recovery, and more broadly, to facilitate ways for persons interested in Puerto Rico’s culture, history, or economy to meet one another. Thus, we created the group “PROESA.”

The present website provides information about events, news, and works, by faculty and students at UT Austin.


First meeting of PROESA: left to right: Francisco González-Lima, Alberto A. Martínez, César Salgado


Organizational Meeting:

“Puerto Rican Organization for Educational Support and Advocacy”

Prof. César Salgado, Prof. Francisco González-Lima, and Prof. Alberto A. Martínez started the steering committee to create an organization of Puerto Ricans at UT Austin, called PROESA

December 9, 2017, Blanton Café