A little more about me...
I am a PhD candidate, professor, mentor, facilitator, and freelance writer, editor, and translator living in Denver, Colorado since the summer of 2018.
I was born in Viña del Mar, Chile, and grew up in Miami, Florida. I have an MA in Communication Studies - Rhetoric from The Pennsylvania State University (2015), a Bachelor of Science in Communication in Communication Studies and International Studies from the University of Miami (2008), and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Religious Studies from UM (2008).
In 2007, I participated in the Young People For (YP4) Fellowship program with People For the American Way Foundation and have remained involved with the organization since then. I was a YP4 Alumni Board member and co-chair in 2013. I have been a YP4 mentor and trainer since 2010, working one-on-one with over 15 youth and hundreds of fellows more broadly. I also went through PFAW's Front Line Leaders Academy, a campaign training program, in 2008.
Since graduating undergrad, I have worked in jobs that helped me get varied experience in the working world. I started as an intern at the Clinton Foundation in 2008 in their correspondence department. Later, I worked as a paralegal at Colson Hicks Eidson, a major litigation law firm in Coral Gables, Florida. After grad school, I was a relationship management (match support) specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami.
While at Penn State for grad school, I taught for two years in their Communication Arts and Sciences Department. From that time, I gained experience teaching public speaking, group communication, and am trained to teach courses on persuasion and media analysis.
In 2014, I made the big move to our nation's capital and worked at political an social justice nonprofits at the national level in their communications departments.
In my work, the areas of research and training I have focused on include: identity politics, human rights awareness, social justice work, communication across borders, public speaking, healthy relationships, mentoring youth, self-sustainability, personal and professional development, and leadership development.
In 2015, I started teaching a writing course on Latinx Identities and Stereotypes in the United States at the George Washington University and work as a Faculty Mentor at the Writing Center. In this work, I use the knowledge and skills I've gained working with second language learners to further support student writing at the university.
After my work teaching writing, I decided to return to graduate school, get my doctorate, so I can continue to the work of social justice, anti-racist education empowered by the degree that would allow me to do this work more effectively. I moved to Colorado and am starting at the University of Colorado, Boulder, in August 2019.