Delma Janeth Gorostieta was born in Mexico and came to the United States at an early age. She was raised in Oak Cliff, a low-income Hispanic neighborhood in Dallas, Texas. She grew up with a single mother and two younger siblings. She became a first-generation college graduate when she obtained a full scholarship to Texas A&M University. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering and minors in geography, psychology, and Spanish. While at Texas A&M, she obtained an Undergraduate Student Research Publication Award, Association of American Geographers Annual Conference Scholarship Award, Gamma Theta Upsilon Honor Society Certificate, and Texas A&M Deans Distinguished Student Award, Liberal Arts.
In 2019, she began law school at UNT Dallas College of Law and has remained at the top of her class. Since attending law school, she has continued to volunteer in her community. She volunteers with the Dallas YMCA and helps with the youth and government programs. In addition, ever since Delma started law school, she has donated her time and talents to a legal clinic in Dallas to provide legal services to the poor, the Dallas Community Lawyering Center. She has been a member of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) for eight years and is currently the president of LULAC chapter 102.
Delma is empowered by her single mother, who has sacrificed her life to provide her with an education. She will continue to work to expand the promise of the American Dream to more people by working to create opportunities for others by empowering them through education.