ReLASC Podcast

The Latin American Studies Center brings academic and cultural experts to the University of Maryland College Campus to address important issues in contemporary Latin America. The series is produced by students and staff.

Podcasts 2019

Huracan, Tormenta, Storm: Winds of Change - Listen to an interview on Dr. Sanchez-Rivera regarding Hurricane Maria's Effect on Puerto Rico in a podcast by two Honors Humanities students, Michelle Eng and Lauren Hoorens, the episode was part of a class assignment.

About the Hosts

Luna Alvarado

Luna Alvarado
Class: 2020
Major: Criminology and Criminal Justice
Latin American Studies Certificate
Luna Alvarado is a first generation Chicana majoring in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Portuguese. She grew up within the Latino community in Prince Georges’ country. The Latinx community gave her a desire to learn more about the culture and history surrounding it. The certificate compliments her major as she is especially interested in the crime among the Latinx community. She plans to do research in femicide in the U.S and Mexican border. She also wishes to travel and explore all of Latin Amerian. When she is not in classes Luna likes to longboard and paint.

Helen Cordero

Helen Cordero
Class: 2020
Major: Government and Politics and Minor Portuguese
Latin American Studies Minor
Helen Cordero is currently a junior in the University of Maryland. She is majoring in Government and Politics and also minoring in Portuguese and Latin American Studies. She grew up in Prince George's County and attended High Point high school. She is currently in the program called Partners and Print which is a mentoring organization that sets up workshops to help parents with their children's homework in Prince George's County Public schools. Her parents are from El Salvador. She is transfer student from Howard Community College. Her interests include Politics, Human Rights, Latinx culture, Art, History, and intersectional activism. She also plays the clarinet. Her favorite sport is tennis. She is planning to graduate in Spring 2020.

Sophia Fenton

Sophia Fenton
Class: 2020
Major: Public Policy
Latin American Studies Minor
Sophia Fenton is a student within school of public policy interested in combining her interest in Latin American studies with conservation and environmental education. She is from Ft. Washington, Maryland and the oldest of five children. She hopes to use the skills she has gained upon graduation to help protect land and wildlife across the world, but starting in Latin American countries. Sophia's interest in aiding Latin America began as a child raised Caribbean parents in the United States. She feels it is important that these beautiful countries maintain native forestry and wildlife under the threat of overpopulation, global warming, industrialism and infrastructure development. In her spare time, Sophia can is often out trying new restaurants or curled up watching the Food Network.

Cindy Morales

Cindy Morales is currently a sophomore at the University Of Maryland. She is majoring in Communications with a minor in entrepreneurship. She is from Guatemala and is passionate about expanding her knowledge about Latin America with others. Cindy’s interests include: photography, blogging, music, and Latin America of course!

Sterling Prudencio

Sterling Prudencio
Class: 2021
Major: Public Policy
Latin American Studies Minor
I'm the son of a Immigrant Father from El Salvador who has a passion for immigration reform. The current political climate has made immigration a hot topic in an entirely new sense of the word. Detention centers, Boarder Walls, and calls for deportation are heard constantly on the news and I wish to be apart of the group of individuals in this generation to move America's perspective out of pushing out but rather integrating and embracing immigrant populations. My family was disrupted due to immigration reform that was responsible the displacement of many in the late 1990's and the reform that furthered the negative stigma of immigrants upon the general public. I lost out on a lot without my father, but today I am going to school to learn about how I can assist countless people that were in his situations (my very own friends included). The knowledge and opportunity this minor offers will be used to assist my journey and to help me reconnect with a part of me. I am also interested in assisting lower-opportunity immigrant families within the United States as well as LGBTQ+/Gender studies within Latin America.