El Foro

LASC's Undergraduate Journal



Welcome to the first issue of the Latin American Studies Center’s online undergraduate journal, El Foro. This biannual publication showcases exemplary UMD undergraduate students’ research and creative work focused on Latin America, the Caribbean, and Latinx populations in the U.S.

This issue opens with a poem from Olivia Connolly, focusing on her grandmother, a Puerto Rican immigrant and business owner in the U.S. In “Jugar con la infancia,” Hannah Barlow, a junior completing a double major in Spanish and International Development along with the LASC certificate, reads Albertina Carri’s film Los rubios alongside Alejandro Zambra’s novel Formas de volver a casa to examine experiences of dictatorship through the lens of childhood. Ash Escobar, who recently graduated with a Spanish major and a certificate in Latin American Studies, explores the subtle ways that indigenous culture has been kept alive in popular Salvadoran culture: through traditional foods, vernacular, and celebrations that weave together vestiges of a culture that could not be vanquished. Camila Guerrero, a double major in Government and Politics and Spanish Literature and Culture examines how Salvadoran immigrants of the civil war impact their children’s political partisanship, focusing on the relationship between family and religion, and how this is significant in how second-generation Salvadorans vote. Finally, with her timely research paper “Mexican Immigration Policy Effects on Central American Migrants,” Public Policy major and LASC certificate graduate Jennifer Reyes studies the role of Mexico in policing Central American migration.

This selection demonstrates the excellence of students’ work and breadth of their interests. These authors movingly merge their personal experiences, histories, and commitments with their creative and scholarly production. We are proud to showcase this work!


1. Olivia Connolly, Que será

2. Hannah Barlow, Jugar con el testimonio

3. Ashley Escobar, The Resilience of Indigenous Culture in El Salvador

4. Camila Guerrero, Inheritance of Political Partisanship from Parent to Child: Case of Salvadoran Immigrants of the Civil War

5. Jennifer Reyes, Mexican Immigration Policy Effects on Central American Migrants


How to contribute to El Foro

We accept essays, manifestos, poems, short stories, and images in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Spanglish, French, Creole, or any indigenous language of Latin America. For consideration for publication in our next issue, submit your work in pdf form to lasc@umd.edu with the subject line “El Foro Submission” by September 15, 2019.