Accomplished, self-directed student researcher with five years experience in effective non-profit administrative support, inter-agency collaboration, and data presentation.
Summary of Skills
Fluent, effective communicator in English and Spanish (written and spoken)
Expert in Excel, Word, Photoshop, iMovie, and Wordpress
Efficient program development and administration
Research in U.S.-Latin American policy, migration, intercultural education, and indigenous youth
Socially perceptive counseling, group facilitation
Team building and group direction in diverse cultural settings
Bachelor of Arts: Latin American and Latin@ Studies and PoliticsUniversity of California, Santa Cruz － Santa Cruz, CA, United States
Emphasis on US-Latin American policy, indigenous youth and migration
Bachelor of Arts: Chicana and Chicano StudiesSan Diego State University － San Diego, CA, United States
2008-2009, prior to transfer to UC Santa Cruz
Emphasis on history of migration
Study abroad: Summer Intensive Zapotec Language Program in Oaxaca, Mexico
06/2012 to 01/2013
Bilingual Advocate/ Shelter AdvocateDomestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition － Grass Valley, CA
Certified domestic violence and sexual assault counselor.
Worked directly with law enforcement, consulates, courts, hospitals, and county agencies to achieve positive results for survivors.
Translated agency literature into Spanish to provide effective service for clients.
Effectively compiled and submitted documentation to USCIS for victims of human trafficking and immigrant victims of domestic violence.
Designed and implemented outreach events and informational sessions for members of the immigrant community.
09/2011 to 12/2011
Student Intern/ OrganizerService Employees International Union (SEIU) － Salinas, CA
Worked with union members to create strategies for political organizing.
Canvased neighborhoods to encourage community political engagement.
Organized and participated in phone banking outreach.
08/2011 to 11/2011
Latin American and Latin@ Studies TutorUniversity of California, Santa Cruz － Santa Cruz, CA
Facilitated discussion on topics explored in introductory LALS classes.
Coordinated group sessions of up to five students.
Evaluated and critiqued student assignments. Lead review sessions for test preparation.
Effectively communicated student feedback and needs to professors and Learning Support Services.
06/2011 to 09/2011
Participant Action Research InternCommunity Agroecology Network － Jose Maria Morelos, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Designed and applied surveys on population and migration.
Collaborated with students from the Mayan Intercultural University to facilitate community forums on migration, environmental degradation, and public health concerns.
Conducted structured and unstructured interviews with community members to assess reactions to shifts in population, labor trends, and educational opportunity.
01/2011 to 06/2011
Grant Writing InternUCSC Chican@/Latin@ Research Center － Santa Cruz, CA
Researched and presented information on grant opportunities to research center director.
Compiled data necessary for grant applications.
Facilitated graduate student research groups.
Planned, implemented, and hosted research center events in collaboration with other interns.
06/2010 to 10/2010
Personal AssistantFilm Garden Entertainment － Santa Cruz, CA
Managed schedule for company owner.
Coordinated in both English and Spanish with household staff.
10/2008 to 12/2009
High School Classroom AideSan Diego State "Gear Up" Program － San Diego, CA
Provided one on one tutoring for English Language Learners.
Assisted students with classwork and provided teachers with support during group activities.
10/2008 to 06/2009
Mixteco Cultural Exchange InternBayside Community Center － Linda Vista, CA
Coordinated activities for students in the Mixteco Children's Program for recently migrated indigenous youth.
Designed curriculum and cultural activities with program directors.
Awards and Recognition
Weiss Family Scholarship for Excellence in Social Sciences Research, 2011
Miller Campus Merit Scholarship, 2010-2013
Dean's Honors, 2008-2013
SDSU Less Commonly Taught Languages Scholarship, 2009
Papers and Presentations
"Bridging the Gap: Understanding Barriers to Service for the Latin@ Immigrant Community." Presentation to the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Coalition board of directors, December 2012.
"Las Universidades Interculturales en Mexico: Logros, Desafios e Esperanzas" (Mexican Intercultural Universities: Achievements, Challenges and Hopes). Research paper prepared in Spanish for LALS senior seminar, Spring 2012.
"Neoliberal Lives: Indigenous Yucateco Youth, Labor Migration, and Perceptions of 'Work.' " Research paper prepared for LALS 199F tutorial, Fall 2011.
Memberships and Affiliations
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence
National Latin@ Network - Casa de Esperanza
Friends of the Community Agroecology Network (FoCAN)
Santa Cruz County Immigration Reform Team
Volunteer, Planned Parenthood, 2012 - present
Volunteer, Western Service Workers Association, 2012- present
Volunteer, Casa de La Cultura (Juchitan de Zaragoza, Oaxaca, Mexico), 2009