I am a student at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Latin American Studies, graduating in May of 2018. My focus has been Colombia's conflict and the current peacebuilding process, with an emphasis on racial and ethnic minorities and the impact of internal displacement. My Honors Thesis showcases the historical and sociopolitical factors that frame race relations in Cartagena, Colombia and the surrounding Pacific and Atlantic coastal area. In my studies, I have become familiar with a variety of overlapping factors across many Latin American countries that have helped me develop a well-rounded contextualization of social and political climates. I focus on the complex nexus of race, gender, and class, as well as past and present policies that have affected this intersection. My main area of interest is how racial or ethnic minority women are particularly affected by forced displacement. I am also keenly interested in the role of afro-descendent women in Latin American social movements, and the social variables that influence the recruitment of women in guerilla armed forces.
I volunteer with a local NGO called RAICES, which provides pro bono legal aid to undocumented women and children who are in the asylum application process. As a volunteer, I completed an ethics training and help the women prepare for their court dates. While helping them construct their stories in the most compelling ways, I found myself pulling from all of the research I have done on displacement, immigration, civil wars, guerilla armed forces, etc. to help these women. It was such an honor to be able to work with women who have an unbelievable amount of courage and tenacity, and I believe this is a perfect example of the versatility of my background in Anthropology.
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