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Certificate Students

Current Students

heidi Reyes

Heidi Reyes
Class: 2021
Major: Elementary Education
Heidi is the youngest of four; she has two older sisters and an older brother. Heidi is part of the first generation in my family to go to college, along with her two older sisters. Heidi is majoring in Education in hopes of becoming an elementary school teacher because she has positive associations with that profession and she feels like I would be good at it. Through this, Heidi hopes to inspire a new generation of students to pursue higher education. She is thankful for all the help her family has provided and hopes to continue to make them proud through her journey in college.

Ryleigh Ahearn

Ryleigh Ahearn
Class: 2021
Major: Psychology
Ryleigh Ahearn is a Psychology and Spanish major. Ryleigh plans to become an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher in a community mainly consisting of Latino English language learners after her time in college. Ryleigh interest in Spanish and Latin American culture stems from working at a Mexican restaurant since she was 15 years old. After falling in love with her coworkers and basically finding a second family, she decided to participate in an internship at the local community college as a teaching assistant in the English Language Center. There, her passion to improve her cultural literacy expanded even larger and brought her to the Latin American Studies Center where Ryleigh hopes to continue to gain endless knowledge.

Luna Durán

Luna Duran
Class: 2021
Major: Spanish and Film Studies
Luna Durán is a freshman Spanish major at the University of Maryland. She was born in Costa Rica, but has lived in the US since she was two years old. Luna is very interested in Latin America as a whole; the culture, the people, the arts, and definitely the food. She has visited family in Costa Rica only twice since, she was born, but she hopes to return, as well as travel to many more Latin-American countries. She is a lover of many things (too many to name), and hopes to find more things to love in her four years at Maryland.

Hanna Barlow

Hanna Barlow
Class: 2021
Major: Spanish
My name is Hannah Barlow, majoring in Spanish, originally from northern California. In 2015 I took a gap year and spent five months living in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, before starting college, and last summer I worked in the Dominican Republic for three months. I am really excited to further my knowledge of Latin American history and culture with the certificate! I hope to do Fulbright Scholars or Peace Corps after college then go into the non-profit international development field.

Edwin Guerrero

Edwin Guerrero
Class: 2021
Major: Psychology
Edwin Guerrero is majoring in psychology. He is from Montgomery County, MD born to two immigrant parents from Mexico. He plans to graduate and focus on developmental psychology to help children stay on the correct path of development in various settings. He chose this program to learn and feel connected to Mexico and also other Latin American countries. He plans to use the certificate to specifically help children of Latino backgrounds along with their families to educate them about psychological disorders as the topic is not discussed enough in this community. Outside of academics, Edwin is a part of the Terps Boxing Club, loves memes and loves listening to music.

Luna Alvarado

Luna Alvarado
Class: 2020
Major: Criminology and Criminal Justice
I am a Criminology and Criminal Justice major with a minor in Portuguese. I am a proud Chicana and growing up in a Latin community in Maryland has taught me to appreciate my culture and to pursue a higher level of knowledge regarding this topic. This certificate compliments my major, as there is a prominent amount of crime in the Latin communities that I would love to conduct research within the United States as well as out of the country. During my years as an undergraduate, I plan to study abroad in Brazil to practice Portuguese or go to the University of Guadalajara in Mexico, as it is a beautiful city with a mix of modern and historic scenery. I am currently the treasurer for a La Familia a peer-mentoring program to assist first generation Latino students with their studies at the University of Maryland.

Carly Rosenfeld

Carly Rosenfeld
Class: 2020
Major: Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics
Carly Rosenfeld is in Letters and Sciences on the pre-med track and a minor in Spanish. She was born in Rockville, Maryland and graduated from Winston Churchill high school. During her time at UMD, she has worked on the executive board for No Taboo. Period, an organization that raises money and donates feminine hygiene products to local homeless shelters in the DMV. She is also on the executive board for Sex Week at UMD and is a volunteer at the Branchville Volunteer Fire Station. In her free time, she practices guitar and throws pottery. After graduation, she hopes to volunteer for the Peace Corps and attend medical school.

Julio Vasquez

Julio Vasquez
Class: 2020
Major: Marketing
Julio Vasquez was born in El Salvador but immigrated to Rockville, Maryland at the tender age of one. He is a marketing major with aspirations of working in the sports, music, or fashion industry doing creative business work. During his time at UMD, he has been a part of the Science and Global change scholars program where he has joined the fundraising committee in efforts to raise money for various charities. Other educational avenues that Julio enjoys are social activism and politics, statistics and meteorology. Within the next two years, Julio hopes to study abroad somewhere in Europe and get internships in the industries he adores. In his free time, Julio loves to eat pasta, admire architecture, shoot film photography, and binge Netflix. After graduation, Julio hopes to work in anything ranging from a statistician for ESPN, to a content creator for Apple Music, to a marketing consultant for any of his favorite clothing brands.

Vanessa Carrillo

Vanessa Carrillo
Class: 2020
Major: Public Health Science
My name is Vanessa Carrillo and I am majoring in Public Health Science and on the pre-med track at the University of Maryland. I was born in Gaithersburg, Maryland but my dad is from Mexico and my mom is from El Salvador. I am a musician and I’m in the marching band at Maryland playing the tuba but I also play several other instruments, such as, guitar, flute, bass guitar, and ukulele. I am the first person to go to college in my family and I hope that one day I can participate in Doctors without Border in my parent’s countries to help and give back to them. I would love to study abroad in third world countries in Africa or any Latin American country to learn more about them and help in any way I can. My goal in life, besides becoming a pediatric surgeon, is to help people in any way I can; it’s why I chose to be in the LASC program. The first step in helping anyone is to build a foundation and in this program, I will be learning a lot about the history and culture of different Latin American countries. Being in this program will give me experiences and opportunities to use what I have learned and apply it somehow to help the Latin community. After my undergraduate studies, I hope to go to medical school in Philadelphia for my D.O degree and when that is finished, I would like to find a residency in a Latin American country.

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Daniella Medel

Daniella Medel
Class: 2020
Major: Arabic
¡Hola! ¿Qué tal? My name is Daniella Medel and I am a double major in Criminology and Criminal Justice and Arabic, with minors in Spanish and Global Terrorism. I was born and raised in Southern California and am the proud daughter of two Mexican immigrants from Jalisco and Guanajuato. During my time at UMD, I have been involved with the Arabic Flagship Program and am a Homeland and National Security Policy Federal Fellow. I have interned with the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) since Spring 2017, on three different projects. This semester I am on the Cartel Smuggling project, which consists of reading articles in Spanish on cartel activity throughout Mexico. I decided to pursue the Latin American Studies Certificate because although I am an extremely proud Latina and Mexican, I realized that I did not know much about other Latin American countries. After graduation, I hope to work in the anti-drug and human trafficking field and/or with non-profit organizations that help refugees from both Latin American and Middle Eastern countries.

Maria de Los Angeles Aragon

Maria de Los Angeles Aragon
Class: 2020
Major: English
My name is Maria Aragon and I am double majoring in Film and English. I was born in Silver Spring, Maryland and am a Virgo rising, sun, and moon sign. Both of my parents were born and raised in Nicaragua. I am a proud first generation student who only hopes to give back to my latinx community through my privileged education and experiences. I am the president and founder of an LGBTQ+ Reading and Writing group at University of Maryland named Reading Rainbow. I am a strong advocate for intersectional equality/equity by complicating societal norms that we often take comfort in. As a side project, I am currently in the process of researching LGBT livelihood and resistance in Nicaragua during the Somoza dictatorship and how their activism intersected with the Sandinista Revolution. For fun, I love going to concerts, watching/criticizing films, reading, creating/appreciating art and petting dogs! I hope through my LASC journey, I will be able to dissolve my studies through artistic expression.

Christy Arevalo

Christy Arevalo
Class: 2019
Major: Anthropology
Christy is an Anthropology major, with a minor in French Studies. Shed decided to pursue the certificate to reconnect with my cultural heritage (her family is from El Salvador, but she grew up in the US) and to learn more about the issues affecting the rest of Latin America. Christy would like to work for an international development organization after graduation. She is particularly interested in Latin America. Outside of classes, Christy is a writer and performers in Sketchup, a sketch comedy group here at UMD!

Marlenn Alvarez

Marlenn Alvarez
Class: 2019
Major: Spanish Language and M.A. in Education
Marlenn Alvarez is a Montgomery College transfer student majoring in Spanish. She plans to be part of the MCERT program in order to obtain a Master’s degree in Education. She is a first generation college student and is very proud to say it. Marlenn has always wished to become a Spanish teacher and help numerous students learn a different language. She has a passion for languages and for Hispanic culture. Her ethnicity is very valuable for her that is why she was very excited to be a member of LASC. Her LASC certificate is going to help her to gain that knowledge in Latin-America. Marlenn works as a health technician for the Department of Health and Human Resources at Montgomery County. She is an intern at CASA and hopes to eventually be part of such a great organization. On spring 2018 she became a member of Sigma Delta Pi and also won the OMSE Academy of Academic Excellence award. Aside from school Marlenn is likes to spend time with her family and friends, listen to music, learn French, eat Dominican food, watch Netflix and basketball games, walk and take naps.

Kenneth Haines

Kenneth Haines
Class: 2019
Major: Spanish
A lifelong terrapin, back in 1987, Kenneth B. Haines last graduated with a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and instruction. He is a retired French teacher from the Prince George’s County Public Schools, and the former President of the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association. Through his work at the Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN), he worked to introduce a system of Peer Assistance & Review (PAR) to the local schools. He served for several years as a member of the Teacher Advisory Council at the Gates Foundation and for five years as a Trustee at the Maryland State Pension and Retirement System. Ken has returned to school on the Golden ID program and is degree-seeking in Spanish with a concentration in Latin American Studies. His commentaries have appeared regularly in local papers for two decades, and he maintains a blog on a variety of topics at citizenken.net.

Marta Strach

Marta Strach
Class: 2019
Major: Secondary Education: World Language Education.
Marta is a returning adult college student who is finishing her junior year at the University of Maryland. Marta was born in El Salvador and moved to the United States over twelve years ago. Her idea of becoming a Spanish teacher began after countless stories of people’s bad memories from high school language classes and how they never paid attention or remembered anything remarkable from them. As a Spanish teacher, Marta wants to make a change in the constant negative pattern and wants to become an unforgettable teacher by transmitting her love for the Latin-American language and culture. The Latin American Studies Certificate would be an outstanding assent in order to acquire an in-depth knowledge and understanding of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Cindy Montoya

Cindy Montoya
Class: 2019
Major: Spanish
Cindy Montoya was born in El Salvador, who was raised by her grandparents since she was only three months old. She immigrated to Gaithersburg, Maryland when she was eleven years old to share her life with her parents for the first time. She is a Spanish major with inspirations of working with the Hispanic community. During her short-timer at UMD, she has participated in the community by volunteering at Hollywood Elementary School; teaching the parents English, providing tips for the parent-teacher conference, helping the students with their homework after school, interpreting during the parent-teacher conference. Within the next years, Cindy hopes to obtain her bachelor's degree in Spanish. After getting her bachelor's degree she is planning on getting a master's in human development once she finishes her education she is hoping to work in a school as an adviser.

Valentina Vargas

Vargas, Valentina
Class: 2019
Major: Government and Politics
Valentina Vargas is a Government and Politics major with a focus on International Relations. She is originally from Barranquilla, Colombia. In her future career she wants to give back to the Colombian people, work towards better education and the eradication of terrorist/militant and communists groups in her home country.

Leslie Delcid

Leslie Delcid
Class: 2019
Major: Environmental Science and Policy Program
Leslie Delcid is a native of Montgomery County, Maryland. She will receive a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy as well as a Certificate in Latin American Studies in December of 2019. She is also in the Life Sciences scholars program. During her time at UMD, Leslie has been a member of the Gymkana Troupe, an outreach program for The School of Public Health that promotes healthy living through a drug-free lifestyle. After graduation, Leslie would like to become a wildlife biologist and research the effects of climate change on animals and their habitats. When Leslie isn't studying for exams she can be found flipping on a trampoline, taking a stroll around campus or playing with her two dogs.

Olivia Delaplaine

Olivia Delaplaine
Class: 2019
Major: Government and Politics
Olivia Delaplaine is a Government and Politics major, but is very interested in education, language acquisition, and public policy, hoping to teach ESOL after graduation. She lives in the Language House, has served as a mentor for America Reads and Partners in Print, and has worked as an education intern with CASA de Maryland helping run summer and after school programming for high school students. She also loves to cook and garden and explore the DC area.

Gavvyn Flores

Gavvyn Flores
Class: 2019
Gavvyn Flores is a Criminology and Criminal Justice major at the University of Maryland and a Prince George's native, who loves everything about learning and dreams of going to space. With the education he receives, he hopes to help educate others and travel to other countries to spread knowledge and help cultivate an academic revolution that empowers people with education, thus destroying the grip capitalistic corporations have on the world. He wants to help everyone in this world who has been victimized by the evils of capitalism and imperialism and allow them the most basic of human rights and needs, because he is tired of seeing the planet and people he loves and cares about suffer for real tangible reason other than the fallacies created by these two evils. In his free time he enjoys learning about cooking, painting, drawing, music, governments, radical politics, existentialism, animals, recreating vines, and dreaming about space.

Blanca Arriola-Palma

Blanca Arriola-Palma
Class: 2019
Major: International Relations and Government and Politics
Blanca Arriola Palma is a citizen of Prince George’s County. Blanca will receive her B.A in Governmental and Politics with an International Relations concentration and a Latin American Studies certificate. During her time at UMD, Blanca has worked closely as Vice-president of Public Relations for PLUMAS (Political Latinxs United for Movement and Action in Society), an organization committed to addressing all issues affecting the Latinx community. Blanca is especially interested in women rights issues, immigration issues, and educational/racial inequality. Post undergraduate, Blanca is considering pursuing a law degree in immigration, international or civil rights law, or a master’s degree focused on public policy, international relations, or Latin American Studies. Aside from being a student and advocate, Blanca enjoys watching her favorite shows on Netflix.

Valentina Forero

Valentina Forero
Class: 2019
Major: Economics
Hola! I am an economics major with a minor in global poverty. I was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia. I moved to Maryland in 2013. I am extremely passionate about Latin America’s culture and politics. The certificate has been a way not only to keep a connection with my culture and my country, but has given me the opportunity to further understand the different issues and relations that affect the region and its people, my people.

Jennifer Reyes

Jennifer Reyes
Class: 2019
Major: Public Policy
Jennifer Reyes is a native of Prince George’s county, Maryland. She plans to receive her B.A in Government and Politics and a certificate in Latin American Studies. She works closely with PLUMAS, a political/ social justice organization on campus focused on advocating for issues affecting the Latinx community. After graduating, Jennifer is interested in working with non-profit organizations such as CASA De Maryland, which provides services to the Latinx community such as immigration services, legal services, and leadership development among others.

Ashley Escobar

Ashley Escobar
Class: 2018
Major: Spanish
Ash Escobar is pursuing a Degree in Spanish with a Latin American Studies Certificate. She has a passion for music and creative expression and has a strong pride for her roots as the daughter of Salvadoran immigrants. She is fluent in Spanish and has hopes of becoming an interpreter in order to be the voice of an extremely resilient yet vulnerable group in the United States.

Zena Dhatt

Zena Dhatt
Class: 2018
Major: Anthropology, Sociocultural and Medical concentrations
I am pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociocultural and Medical Anthropology with a Certificate in Latin American Studies. I am the child of two immigrants from opposite sides of the world, my mother is from Colombia and my father is from India. I have always been extremely proud of my heritage and tied to my Hispanic roots. I decided to participate in the certificate program to expand my knowledge on Latin America and the complex histories of the nations within it. I am always looking for ways to advocate for human rights, assist in global development, and improve global health. I hope to one-day work in the Global Health sector combating health disparities both locally and globally.

Santiago Rios

Santiago Rios
Class: 2018
Major: Government and Politics
Hi! My name is Santiago Rios, and I am a Government and Politics major pursuing a minor in Global Poverty. Though I was born in Bolivia, I have been in the United States for over a decade. Since my connections with Latin America are limited, the certificate program in Latin American Studies gives me an opportunity to both reconnect with my past and study the region through a completely different lens. Throughout my time as an undergraduate student I plan on visiting Bolivia and studying abroad in another Spanish-speaking nation. My hope is that after graduation the knowledge and experience I attain will allow to help make an impact in the place that has formed so much of who I have become.




Recent Graduates
Chioma Agbaraji

Chioma Agbaraji
Class: 2018
Major: Women’s Studies
Chioma Agbaraji is a native of Prince George’s County, Maryland. She received her B.A. in Women’s Studies with a minor in Geographic Information Systems and certificate in Latin American Studies. During her time at UMD, Chioma has worked closely with social enterprises and entrepreneurs, especially during her internship in the Dominican Republic. As a community consultant with Soluciones Comunitarias, she assisted local women entrepreneurs with start-up cost analyses for a candle business and empowerment-building projects. After graduation, Chioma would like to travel and work abroad, ultimately serving as an international business consultant who promotes institutional inclusion as a means of economic advantage. And when Chioma is not researching ways to leverage women and other minority communities, she enjoys visiting art galleries, traveling, and eating flan de coco.

John Garcia-Tobar

John Garcia-Tobar
Class: 2017
Major: Anthropology

Juan Herrera

Juan Herrera
Class: 2018
Major: Journalism
Juan Herrera is a lifelong resident of Maryland and currently lives in Hyattsville. In Spring 2018 Juan received his B.A. in multi-platform journalism with a certificate in Latin American Studies. During his time at the University of Maryland, Juan studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina for a winter semester. He took a course on human rights violations in Argentina and learned about the political issues going on around the country. Juan has also been involved with La Familia, a peer-mentoring program at Maryland. With La Familia, Juan has helped first-year Latinx students excel academically. He is currently the vice president of the program. Juan is also involved with several sports publications on campus like WMUC Sports and The Left Bench as a sports writer and anchor. After college, Juan is hoping to cover professional soccer as a sports writer for a major sports website. He dreams of travelling outside of the country in the future to cover a World Cup tournament. Juan also wants to go to law school someday. After taking several Anthropology and LASC courses through the certificate program, Juan became interested in becoming an immigration lawyer in order to help Latinx people facing legal issues surrounding citizenship and residency. Juan is also hoping to return to Argentina someday after graduating for vacation. When Juan isn’t working or studying, he enjoys working out of the gym and playing intramural soccer with his friends. He also enjoys watching sports, going out with friends and playing the guitar.

Ana Ortez-Rivera

Ana Ortez-Rivera
Class: 2018
Major: Undecided
My name is Ana Ortez-Rivera, graduated with a degree in Anthropology, but I will pursue a major in Socio-cultural Anthropology. I want to earn a certificate in Latin American Studies because I want gain further knowledge about the culture, history, and social organization of Latin America. As a Hispanic first generation American, I want to earn this certificate to enhance my degree and enter a field in which I can work towards helping those in developing countries, such as the home of my family El Salvador. In the future, I want to work for non-profit organizations such as UNICEF.

Kendra Pryor

Kendra Pryor
Class: 2018
Major: Anthropology
Kendra graduated with a degree Anthropology major and a Spanish Language and Culture minor. She was born in Washington D.C. and raised in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Kendra has always been interested in the Spanish language as well as Latin American cultures, especially having some Latinx friends and family members. This led her to participate in the Alternative Breaks program in the Dominican Republic as well as study abroad in El Salvador. Living in such a diverse country and state, Kendra believes it is incredibly important to learn about Latin American nations and their histories. Kendra is especially interested in race/ethnicity, gender, and education, and hopes to pursue a career in public service as well as graduate studies in public policy.

Gabrielle Abbott

Gabrielle Abbott
Class: 2017
Major: French and Spanish
Gabrielle graduated with a degreer in Romance Languages (French and Spanish) and pursuing a minor in International Development and Conflict Management. Gabrielle added the Latin American Studies Certificate after studying abroad at La Universidad Nacional in Heredia, Costa Rica last spring semester. Gabrielle had the opportunity to do a field study in Cuba during that time and was fortunate enough to be able to travel to Panama as well. Her experiences abroad and my new knowledge of Central America has inspired Gabrielle to learn all about the past and current social, political, and economic aspects of Latin American countries. She hopes to work in development after graduation and have Latin America as my area of expertise.

Juliana Cooper

Juliana Cooper
Class: 2017
Major: Spanish

Gabriella Davis

Gabriella Davis
Class: 2017
Major: English and IVSP
Gabriella obtained a degree in English aand minoring in Spanish and self-made major in the IVSP program entitled, "Social Entrepreneurship in Latin America." Gabriella've always been interested in Latin American history and culture, but that interest deepened when She traveled there for the first time in the summer of 2015. Gabriella participated in an eight-week social entrepreneurship program in Nicaragua where we worked to help alleviate poverty in rural communities. The work She did there as a consultant for small, local businesses as well as implementing a plan of action for incorporating financial literacy programs into rural communities introduced me to social entrepreneurship.

Gabriella Davis

Alexa DeCesaris
Class: 2017
Major: Undecided
Alexa graduated with a degree in International Development and Conflict Management. Recently, she began working with an organization called Students Helping Honduras, where volunteers travel to Honduras to build schools in the most vulnerable barrios effected by extreme poverty and gang violence. The most powerful tool to help pull these communities out of the grips of destitution and violence is education; these schools afford Honduras' upcoming generation the opportunity to transform their country into something better. After falling in love with the Honduran people and returning from Honduras my first time, Alexa decided I needed to formally learn about the history, culture, traditions, and government/politics of Latin America in order to understand the current state of affairs in Central and South America. After college, she would like to continue working with an organization like SHH to help nations like Honduras support their citizens through quality education and improved health care.

Delia Dreher

Delia Dreher
Class: 2017
Major: Anthropology
Delia obtained a major in Sociocultural Anthropology, with a focus in Indigenous studies along with my concentration in Latin American Studies, as well as a minor in Sustainability studies. These various focuses converge in her interest in Indigenous rights, development, and conservation in Latin America. She wrote an honors thesis on the use of social media and internet connectivity in Indigenous communities in the Brazilian and Peruvian Amazon for eco-activism, and explored related issues in her LASC capstone as well. After graduating, She is interested in traveling in Latin America and interning on issues pertaining to conservation in Latin America, before applying to graduate and PhD programs next winter.

Julian Moreno

Julian Moreno
Class: 2017
Major: History
Julian Moreno is from Colombia and I moved to the US when I was 10 years old. I am a history major with a concentration in Latin America. I am interested in indigenous and campesino affairs, mainly their political organization and ways of life. The Latin American Studies Certificate seems like a great option for me to complement my degree. After I graduate, I want to work for a Latin American advocacy group or an NGO. I want to be able to use my love of history and strong connection with Latin America to help people in need.

Julian Moreno

Xavier Gutierrez
Class: 2017
Major: Physics
Xavier obtained physics major and minor in Spanish, currenlty he is planning to go to graduate school. The Latin American Studies certificate is a great way to incorporate discussions of cultures and literature into my college experience, and, furthermore, he hopes to use this understanding of the ongoing story of Latinos and Latinas to make more informed decisions personally as well as politically.

Lorena Diaz

Lorena Diaz
Class: 2016
Major: Government and Politics
Lorena Diaz obtained a Government and Politics major with a Portuguese Minor and LASC certificate. her goal after graduation is to volunteer for either the Peace Corps or Teach for America before going to Graduate school. She decided to add the LASC certificate to my program while at UMD because she this helped further Lorena studies on the social and political structure in Latin America. Lorena dream is to work for an organization that is helping improve the education system in the impoverished areas in El Salvador or Brazil. Having the LASC certificate will give Lorena the background knowledge and skills to succeed in this field and will help Lorena achieves her goals and aspirations.

Tyler Draughon

Tyler Draughon
Class: 2016
Major: Spanish
Tyler Draughon is from Baltimore, Maryland. Tyler obtained a B.A. in Spanish with a Business Minor in Innovation and; Entrepreneurship. Tyler also was a member of UMD’s Language House (Spanish Cluster). In the summer if 2015 she traveled to South America with Maryland's Social Entrepreneur Corps to support small community business throughout four different cities in Ecuador. She hopes to combine my cross-disciplinary knowledge with her Latin American Studies Certificate in order to cultivate her experiences abroad into an awareness of diversity and cultural sensitivity. After graduation, Tyler plans to continue my engagement to social impact and combatting poverty within marginalized communities like South America's indigenous populations through involvement with sustainable economic projects in rural areas.

Mary Ashleigh Bondoc

Mary Ashleigh Bondoc
Class: 2016
Major: Spanish
Mary Ashleigh Bondoc was a pre-law student pursuing a B.A. in Spanish Literature with a certificate in Latin American Studies. Mary's interest in Latin America originated from extended coursework in Latin American literature and culture through the years as well as an internship at the Smithsonian Latino Center in the past. Mary has also interned with the Commission on Immigration at the American Bar Association. Mary is eager to explore migratory patterns of Central and South Americans to the United States and how their role has developed in U.S. society. Sjhe hopes to use the knowledge acquired through the LASC program in my prospective career as an immigration lawyer.

Kali Nicole Brown

Kali Nicole Brown
Class: 2016
Major: Spanish and Anthropology
Hi! My name is Kali Brown, and I am senior at the University of Maryland. I am a Spanish major and would consider Latin America and the Spanish language major influences in my personal and professional endeavors. I joined the LASC program in order to further study instances of wartime sexual violence in Latin America.

Mayra Garcia

Mayra Garcia
Class: 2016
Major: Anthropology
Mayra obtianed an Anthropology major with a focus on sociocultural anthropology and immigration. Born in Peru, she moved to the U.S. when she was 8 years old and is excited to use her Latin American Studies Certificate coursework to expand upon my understanding of other Latin American countries. Mayra chosed the LASC certificate program to help her on immigration studies focus in anthropology so that she could learn more of Latin American history and culture and how these relate to current immigration issues in the U.S. Along with Mayra's interest in immigration and Latin America, she is also concerned with cultural heritage and indigenous issues. After graduation Mayra is interested in pursuing a graduate degree and work with advocacy groups and/or NGOs.

Morgan Johnson

Morgan Johnson
Class: 2016
Major: Government and Politics
Morgan Johnson graduated with a Government and Politics major with a Black Women's Studies minor and LASC certificate. Morgan has a strong passion for global women's rights, especially those of African ancestry and indigenous background. Morgan served as the Vice President of Management for Sister to Sister, a multi-ethnic community service organization for women right here on campus! After graduation, she would like to attend graduate school for international relations, travel all around Latin America, or work for a think tank or nonprofit that focuses on international affairs/global women's rights. She wants to complete research on Afro-Latina women and their social and political voices in local communities and abroad.

Tristan Marquez

Tristan Marquez
Class: 2016
Major: History and Government & Politics

Emily Masucci

Emily Masucci
Class: 2016
Major: Sociocultural Anthropology
In addition to Emily's concentration in Latin American Studies, she obtained a degree in Sociocultural Anthropology, Emily was a member of the Honors Humanities program within the Honors College, and the Anthropology representative on the BSOS Dean's Student Advisory Council.Emily applyed to a PhD programs in the hopes of pursuing research on indigenous identity formation, social movements, and political activism in Brazil. Having just returned from a year-long exchange program at Pontifícia Universidade Católica in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Emily is excited to use her LASC coursework to expand upon understanding of Brazil as an influential actor within the broader context of Latin American history and regional cultural development.

Rubi Perez-Howard

Rubi Perez-Howard
Class: 2016
Major: Spanish

Julie Tervala

Julie Tervala
Class: 2016
Major: History