Mt. SAC Professor and Mentor Dies at Age 53, Leaves Legacy of Creativity and Ambition

Picture: Enrique Diaz with DBD student, Erica Garces

Enrique Diaz, professor at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, and founder of the Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts, died on March 28. He was 53.

Diaz also founded Digital Business and Design College in El Monte, a private college providing technical degrees in multimedia and computer design. DBD served students and business professionals from Greater Los Angeles, but especially provided the technical education for careers in web design, information technology and networking, and graphic design.

He is survived by: Jeffrey Bickel, husband; Aurora Diaz, mother; Nicolas Herman, Maribel, Judith, and Arlene, siblings.

Diaz was involved in many community organizations, serving as Webmaster for various Chambers of Commerce in the San Gabriel Valley.

Born in Tecomatlan, Jalisco, Mexico, Diaz immigrated here as a child with his parents. They lived in various parts of eastern Los Angeles, including City Terrace.

A graduate of Roosevelt High School, Class of 1977, Diaz spearheaded a folklorico ballet dance troupe at El Sereno Junior High, performing in and choreographing routines for junior high and high school students.

Diaz then enlisted in the United States Navy in 1979, proudly serving on the USS New Jersey (BB-62), where he collaborated with like-minded servicemen to share written stories and essays. This group was the beginning of Nuvein Foundation for Literature and the Arts.

After honorable discharge, he returned home to enroll at Cal Poly Pomona, earning his degree in 1992 in English Literature.

He and Jeff Bickel met in 1986 at KPFK radio in Los Angeles. Bickel was a staff member at KPFK, working on an initiative to enlist volunteers for the station. Since 1999, they were registered domestic partners, and were married in June 2008.

His extensive teaching experience includes a 23-year teaching position at Mt San Antonio College, UEI, Pasadena City College, El Dorado, Palladium Technical, and at his own school, Digital Business and Design College.

Forever remembered as “Our Storyteller”, Enrique will be sorely missed by the countless lives he enriched by means of mentoring, entrepreneurship, artist collectives, scholarships, fundraising, and leadership in community service.



Date: April 7, 2011

Time: 6PM – 9PM

Grace T Black Auditorium

3130 Tyler Avenue

El Monte, California 91731



Date: April 9, 2011

Time: 9AM

St. John Baptist Church

3843 Baldwin Park Boulevard

Baldwin Park, CA 91706


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