Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and Romance Languages and Literatures
It was during my freshman year course "Theorizing Activisms" with Visiting Professor Janet Jakobsen that I decided to concentrate in WGS. A freshman in a class of near-graduates, I had access to a group of students who demonstrated to me what the WGS intellectual community was fundamentally about: intellectual rigor, a drive to understand what is so political about the personal, a commitment to challenging the status quo, an ingrained practice of creating and maintaining cooperative learning environments, and a near-universal desire to take classroom knowledge into extra- and non-curricular life.
The intellectual community enjoyed by the students was initiated by the professors, all of whom provided extensive feedback on written work, and who always found the space within the classroom to capitalize on the strength of the personal transformations so many of us who pass through WGS experience—those of us who find the space to come out, those who discover feminism for the first time, those who are able to understand personal instances of sexual violence for the first time. The ideas I explored in WGS transformed me.
I was able to study masculinity studies and race relations at the University of Havana due to WGS's commitment to individualized study, and pursue research on gendered violence on the U.S. Mexico border. After graduating, I first finished a high-school teacher education program and then worked as a union organizer with the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW). I am now working as managing editor at NACLA Report on the Americas, a quarterly magazine and ongoing website that provides news and analysis on progressive movement building in both Latin America and in the Latino U.S..