I am a Literature Ph.D. and a cultural agent. I believe in the transformational power of the arts. I watch and make films. I practice yoga. I love Latin America.
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I got my PhD from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to being admitted to candidacy, I earned a Master of Arts in Hispanic Literature from the same institution. Alongside with my interest and research on Latin American literatures and cultures, I completed a portfolio in Nonprofit Studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
I am a 2002 honor graduate of Wellesley College from where I double majored in Peace and Justice and Latin American Studies. During my college years, I served as the President of Alianza, the Latin American Student Organization of Wellesley College. Furthermore, I did extensive volunteer work in both Latin America and the United States. After earning my Bachelor of Arts, I was part of a one-year teaching training program for minorities at the Concord Academy in Concord, Massachusetts.
Since 2003 I have taught lower division language classes at UT-Austin. In 2007, I was chosen Mentor Assistant Instructor and was nominated for the William S. Livingston Outstanding Graduate Student Academic Employee Award for my commitment to teaching and peer support. Moreover, I have been a recipient of two Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services Grants for the creation of digital professional movie segments, documentaries, and teaching modules for the Media Center of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.
In the Fall of 2008 I was chosen President of the Graduate Student Organization of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at UT-Austin, one of the largest in the country with more than one hundred active members.
In 2006 I received the Mary Elvira Stevens Traveling Fellowship from the Center for Work and Service at Wellesley College. This award allowed me to found La Poderosa Media Project, a nonprofit organization that encourages empowerment, linguistic competence, and intercultural translation through visual arts programs in Latin America.
A native of Ecuador and the oldest of four sisters, I speak Spanish, English, Portuguese, and French. I initially arrived in the United States in 1999. I have also lived in Argentina, Panama, the Dominican Republic, Brazil, and South Africa.
I am a dedicated practitioner of yoga, love watching movies, traveling, cooking, dancing to salsa, and reading.