I am doing a Master of Public Health and an M.A in Latin American Studies at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Graduate school has been extremely difficult, but was the best decision I've ever made so I am grateful for both departments.
Since starting back in August 2019, I’ve been keeping busy.
· I was accepted to be part of the AHEC Scholars Program. The AHEC Scholars Program (ASP) is an innovative two-year community-based interprofessional and experiential training program in Arizona's rural and underserved areas.
· I've also had the opportunity to teach Spanish for the Spanish and Portuguese Department.
· I took Aaron's advice on applying for the Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowship. Because of this, I did an 8-week online intensive Kaqchikel program with instructors from Guatemala this past summer (2020).
· I am grateful to Professor Brent Metz for introducing me to the issues that continue to affect Guatemala. I will always look back at the two-week field school I did with him in 2018.
· This semester (Fall2020) I am a graduate assistant for the Center for Latin American Studies department and a graduate research assistant for a chronic disease prevention program in Nogales, Arizona.
· I am also doing an internship with Cosechando Bientestar, a local food system initiative in Nogales, Arizona.
· I've tried to volunteer for Casa Alitas, a local organization that is helping those newly arrived migrants from Central America. I've traveled to San Luis, Arizona to help with a health clinic for migrant farm workers.
· For my thesis I will analyze the impact of migration among Indigenous Maya Kaqchikel women. In the times we are in now, I feel that it is necessary to shed light on the issues that are happening at the border and also focus on the negative consequences these issues have on women when they are deported back to their countries. When I traveled to Guatemala in 2018, these things were very visible to the Indigenous communities we were able to visit and that is why I want to focus on this research.
· My hope is that I can travel to Guatemala in the future and do this work.