Academic service and collaboration have been essential components of my career. I have sought opportunities to contribute to interdisciplinary communities and their debates. After chairing panels and seminars at ACLA, KFLC, NeMLA, and LASA conferences, I have enjoyed fruitful interchanges with my colleagues. I co-founded and was the co-editor in chief of UConn’s first open-access academic journal, The Quiet Corner Interdisciplinary Journal. I was the president of LANGSA, the Languages Graduate Student Association, during the 2016-2017 academic year. My experience as a researcher and activist in community outreach has helped me to promote solidarity through reflection among my students.
Service in Academic Associations
Treasurer. Latin American Studies Association, Colombia Section. May 2018 – Present.
Student Representative and Social Media Coordinator. Latin American Studies Association, Colombia Section. May 2016- April 2018.
Member of the Curriculum Committee. Spanish Department, Colby College. Fall 2019 – Spring 2020.
Latin American Studies Committee. Latin American Studies Program, Colby College. Fall 2019 – Spring 2020.
Walker Grants Committee. Latin American Studies Program, Colby College. Fall 2019 – Spring 2020.
Student Oriented Service
Co-Organizer. Colby Liberal Arts Symposium (CLAS). Fall 2019 – Spring 2020.
Coordinator. Spanish Club. Loyola University Maryland. September 2018 – May 2019.
Co-Organizer. Spanish Essay Contest. Loyola University Maryland. Spring 2019.
Facilitator. Universitas 21 Summer School: Human Rights. University of Connecticut, Human Rights Institute. July 7-19, 2013.
Academic Leadership Service
President. LANGSA (Languages Graduate Student Organization) Fall 2016-Spring 2017. Events co-organized with the LANGSA team:
- 7th LANGSA conference: Migration and Displacement in Literatures Languages and Cultures. University of Connecticut, Storrs. Dodd Center, November 11, 2016. Keynote Speakers: professors Jorge Duany and Silvio Torres Saillant.
- A workshop on translation and the job market. Presenters: Peter Constantine, Jacqueline Loss, and Charles LeBel. UConn, Storrs. April 13, 2017.
- Creative reading and talk by Carmen Francesca Banciu: “Language Play: Transformation through Writing and Creativity.” UConn, September 22, 2016.
Editor and Reviewer
Co-Editor in Chief & Co-founder. The Quiet Corner Interdisciplinary Journal. October 2014 – May 2017. TQC is an open-access journal that publishes works in the humanities, arts, and social sciences written by graduate students. I planned the scope of each issue with our team of editors and oversaw the work of the reviewers.
Revista de Estudios Hispánicos. Washington University in St. Louis.
Literatura: teoría, historia, crítica. Universidad Nacional de Colombia.
Cuadernos de música, artes visuales y artes escénicas. Pontificia Universidad Javeriana.
Editorial Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, Bogotá, Colombia.
Co-Chair/Convener. Seminar «The Exhaustion of Humanitarianism? » ACLA, Chicago, Illinois. March 19-22. (Cancelled)
Panel «Fronteras, muros, barreras: inclusiones en la producción cultural latinoamericana». KFLC, University of Kentucky, April 16 – 18, 2020, Lexington, KY. (Cancelled)
Co-Chair/Convener. Panel: Nuevas perspectivas sobre la violencia en la cultura colombiana. KFLC. April 19-21, 2018. Lexington, KY.
Seminar: Topographies of Narrative Empathy: The Social and the Cognitive. March 28 – April 1. ACLA 2018. UCLA, Los Angeles, California.
Seminar: Human Rights Narratives in Latin America: Memory and Citizenship. March 20, 2016. NeMLA 2016. Hartford, Connecticut.
Round Table: The Struggle for Recognition: The Hispano-American Novel in the 21st Century. May 2, 2015. NeMLA 2015. Toronto, Canada.
Seminar: Postcolonialism and Ecocriticism. April 6, 2014. NeMLA 2014. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Chair. Panel: «Derechos humanos, violencia y comunidad en México». May 29, 2016. LASA 2016. New York.
Panel: Human Rights and Crisis in Literature and Visual Culture. May 28, 2015. LASA 2015, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Moderator. LANGSA Conference, Open Humanities. Panel: Education in Between. February 23, 2013.
Organizer. Visit/Speaker: “Haunting Without Ghosts, Spectral Realism in Colombia Film.” A talk by professor Juliana Martínez. Colby College, October 30, 2019.
“Grant Writing in the Humanities: A Workshop.” University of Connecticut, Literatures, Cultures and Languages Department. April 21, 2015.
Service through College Radio
Host/DJ. “Bailando McOndo.” A radio show at WMHB Waterville. Spring 2020. Conceived as a companion for my course on music and Literature in Latin America at Colby College, co-produced by the students.
Host/DJ, Mentor. “Radio ciudad perdida” A radio show at WHUS Storrs. Spring 2015; Spring & Fall 2016. Designed as an extra-curricular project for the Spanish classes at UConn. I programmed and hosted this radio show on the music of the Hispanic cultural world, from different eras and genres. I also conducted interviews and mentored new DJs in the radio station.
I have personally conducted interviews with Latin American artists and writers, referenced individually below:
Colombian writer Juan Álvarez, for the podcast Bailando McOndo, as part of our final projects in my course on Latin American music and literature at Colby College. May 17, 2020.
Colombian Artist Carolina Caycedo, for the podcast Bailando McOndo, as part of the programmed activities in her visit to Colby College. March 4, 2020.
Cuban writer Yoss (José Miguel Sánchez Gómez) at WHUS Storrs, as part of his programmed activities in his visit to UConn. November 4, 2016.
Faculty Fellows Seminar in Service-Learning Spring 2019. Center for Community Service and Justice, Loyola University Maryland.
Mentor. Immigration immersion at Hope CommUnity Center – Apopka, Florida. Loyola University Maryland. Center for Community Service and Justice. Spring 2019.