Destina is a second-generation Mexican-U.S. American and first-generation college student who completed her B.A. in Global Justice & Identity — a customized major she created that combines Political Science, Justice Studies, and Sociology — from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah (2019). She is now a first-year M.A. student in the Latin American Studies program with her intended focus to be on (im)migration, borders, transnationalism, and Latin America-U.S. relations to (im)migration.
Destina has conducted multiple projects as an undergraduate student while consistently focusing on issues around (im)migration. One of her biggest projects was being able to visit Guatemala during the summer of 2018 and speaking with various Indigenous communities, relating those conversations to the concept of the Maya cosmovision and Buen Vivir. She used these concepts to connect it to migration from Central America to the United States.
Destina was born and raised in Ogden, Utah, replacing the mountains for cacti in Tucson, Arizona. She has presented her work on (im)migration at local and national conferences as an undergrad. She was also a Ronald E. McNair Scholar while at Westminster College.
Pronouns: she/her/hers or ella/ellas