Why did you choose to major/minor in Spanish or pursue a concentration in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Studies?
I first chose to pursue a major in Spanish because I enjoyed learning languages and appreciated the opportunity to connect with individuals because of my language abilities. This decision has proven to be even more enriching professionally and personally, since I first made that decision.
What is your current job and/or career path?
I'm pursuing a career in education after completing a Master’s degree at Teachers College, Columbia University. I am currently working at a progressive school where I am honing my teaching experience and furthering my classroom experience. I continue to draw from the skills gained in my major to shape learning that is focused on equity and bring in a variety of perspectives.
What are your future educational and/or professional goals?
I plan to continue working in education. I am passionate about learning, enjoy working with students, and have a deep appreciation for curriculum writing!
How has the Spanish/LAILS program helped you develop and pursue your professional goals?
I developed strong critical thinking skills, intercultural understanding, and an ability to understand a variety of perspectives. I also discovered a passion and commitment to creating a more equitable society. I worked in the social justice, nonprofit world for 10 years in a variety of capacities and collaborated with many communities. I developed experiential, learning afterschool programs in public schools, focused on global citizenship and human rights education. I created an international travel exchange program for high school students to connect with activists in Mexico. I managed a scholarship program for international activists to pursue higher education opportunities. Since I am trilingual, I’ve used my language skills to support community programs and efforts geared towards immigrant communities. I’ve also collaborated with organizations in Latin America, Africa, and Europe and traveled extensively.
What advice do you have for incoming/potential majors (and minors)?
My Spanish major has been important throughout my professional life and continues to open many doors. It is important to think outside the box and to identify the ways that the skills gained are relevant in a variety of roles and settings.