Teaching, Advising, Mentorship

Spring 2020-Present

Advisor

Testimonios of Family Separation: A Participatory Oral History Archive

I provide feedback on best practices in methods and approaches to conducting oral histories, particularly when it comes to working with refugee populations and Central American communities.

Fall 2019 – Present

Co-Founder & Member

Central American Isthmus Graduate Association (CAIGA), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

I help recruit and incoming graduate students whose research interests focus on Central America across departments at UCLA. I also mentor undergraduates and help organize events, workshops, and programs that bring visibility to scholarship contributing to Central American Studies at UCLA.

Fall 2018 – Present

Co-Founder & Co-Chair/Member

Central American Studies Working Group, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

I recruited scholars and facilitated meetings with Central American faculty and graduate students, as well as helped organize workshops, job talks, panels, and film screenings related to Central American issues and scholarship.

Fall 2018 – Spring 2020

Co-Founder, Advisor, and Political Education Coordinator

Unión Centroamericana (UNICA), University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

As a graduate student, I advised and mentored undergraduate students on founding and establishing the Central American student union (UNICA) as an official student organization at UCLA. I also organized and facilitated various political education workshops that exposed undergraduate students to the social history of Central America, as well as contemporary topics relevant to the Central American diaspora.

Spring 2020

Teaching Associate with Dr. Robin Derby, “Contemporary Latin American Culture”

Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Collaborated on curriculum and exam development, facilitated weekly discussion sections, met with students upon request, and graded all written work, including all exams.

Winter 2020

Teaching Associate with Dr. Katherine Marino, “A History of Global Feminisms, 1850-Present.”

Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Collaborated on curriculum and exam development, met with students upon request, and graded all written work, including all exams.

Fall 2019

Teaching Associate with Dr. Leisy Ábrego, “Central Americans in the U.S.”

César E. Chávez Department of Chicano & Chicana Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Collaborated on curriculum and exam development, met with students upon request, and graded all written work, including all exams.

Spring 2019

Teaching Assistant with Dr. Fernando Perez-Montesinos, “Social History of Modern Latin America”

Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Collaborated on curriculum and exam development, facilitated weekly discussion sections, met with students upon request, and graded all written work, including all exams.

Winter 2019

Teaching Assistant with Dr. Robin Derby, “History of Modern Latin America”

Department of History, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Collaborated on curriculum and exam development, facilitated weekly discussion sections, met with students upon request, and graded all written work, including all exams.

Fall 2018

Teaching Assistant with Dr. Leisy Ábrego, “Introduction to U.S. Central Americans”

César E. Chávez Department of Chicano & Chicana Studies, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Collaborated on curriculum and exam development, met with students upon request, and graded all written work, including all exams.

Sep 2015 – 2019

Youth Program Instructor and Curriculum Developer

Central American Resource Center (CARECEN) Parent & Youth Center – Los Angeles, California

I co-facilitated workshops and programming where I taught youth ages 11-18 about political theory, Central American history, social movements, immigrant and worker rights, and filmmaking. I also co-created the Youth Program Political Education curriculum.

Spring 2010-2016

Founder and Graduate Mentor

Nueva Conciencia, Graduate Mentorship Program

I founded and mentored rising Central American undergraduate and graduate students. I sent out calls for academic papers that fulfill Nueva Conciencia’s mission to increase research on Central American communities in an effort to bridge the gap between academia and the greater community. I co-chaired the Peer Review Committee and reviewed all articles that were submitted as well as communicated with faculty members from different university institutions to accredit all submitted and published articles by undergraduate and graduate students.

Aug – Sep 2014

English & Life Skills Teacher and Curriculum Developer

Refugio Unaccompanied Children Shelter and Foster Care Program | Soledad Enrichment Action Inc.

As a teacher for Refugio, a program started to serve young people in immigration custody awaiting family reunification, I was trained to teach English and work with recently migrated Central American youth between the ages of 14-17 years old. I also helped design the program’s Life Skills and English Language curriculum, as well as participated in staff meetings with youth case managers, clinicians, and care workers.