I study migration, transnationalism, and marginalized communities. My parent’s hardships as migrants from Latin America were influential in my activities and intellectual curiosities. Our family’s struggle guided me to be an advocate for them and my undocumented community here in Duke and in Orlando (my hometown.)
I have explored history, sociology, anthropology, religion and political science in my courses. Learning different disciplines has been inspiring for me to know that there are many avenues to establish and protect communities.
After my first year at Duke, I went to the U.S.-Mexican border in Tucson Arizona and served at the Coalition for Human Rights. This hands-on experience exposed me to hundreds of humanitarian issues and human rights abuses. This was the moment that solidified my commitment to studying human rights and taking on a career where I feel I will be able to study, expose and demand human rights.
I’m going to become a history professor at a university. I’ll teach Latinx history, U.S. history, and Latin American history. Through my research and reach as an academic I will be able to make my research accessible and beneficial to the very communities I study. The certificate has prepared me by giving me examples of those scholars. My mentors Sarah Deutsch, Robin Kirk and Liliana Paredes are academics that go beyond the ivory tower to advocate for the communities they study. Their lives, families, and research are engulfed in their passion for human rights.
For the past two years, I have been writing my thesis, the history of Latinx students at Duke University. This experience has encouraged me to improve my writing and research skills and to establish a career as a public intellectual, scholar-activist.
The Baldwin Scholars program has given me the confidence to pursue my academic and professional goals. I value the mentorship I have received and work to provide mentorship to other feminists at Duke and beyond.