I’m just popping in here to let our readers know that we are approaching the end of our semester, which means that we’re concluding our blogging schedule for the time being. While we here at The University of New Mexico enjoy a reprieve of summer term, we hope that you, as educators around the country, do, too! We’ll be back in August to share more resources with you and to continue our conversations around diverse literature in the classroom.
I also wanted to add a few personal notes on behalf of our whole blogging team here at Vamos a Leer. For my own part, I will not be returning next year as a Mira, Look writer, since I am graduating from the UNM Latin American Studies Master’s program in just a couple weeks. I have greatly enjoyed these past two years working for this awesome blog, though, and I look forward to keeping up to date on future posts and publications! This summer I will be returning home to my native New York and looking for work while also getting ready to apply to law school for the following year. I’ll definitely miss the southwest sunshine!
Over the summer, Colleen, our wonderful Reading Roundup writer, is looking forward to spending time outdoors and taking in New Mexico’s beautiful landscape with family and friends. She is also eager to make a dent in her ever growing To Be Read list! Colleen is also excited about the upcoming fall semester, in which she will focus on the Community and Regional Planning portion of her degree. Colleen also will not be returning next year as a blog writer—the blog will surely miss her!
Alin, our amazing Week in Review contributor, will spend the first half of the summer interning with the National Hispanic Cultural Center—congratulations, Alin, on such an awesome accomplishment! She will be helping them in their Circo Latino Summer Institute where children learn wellness and resiliency through the circus. The second half of the summer Alin hopes to go to Jackson Hole, Wyoming (where she is from) to begin her Master’s research project. Alin will be returning next year as a writer for the blog.
Katrina, our fearless En la Clase writer and curriculum developer, has been markedly quiet this year because she’s in the final stages of writing the dissertation for her doctoral degree in Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies from the UNM College of Education. Although she intends to defend her dissertation this summer and move on from student life, she’s going to continue working with us on the Vamos a Leer blog, so look forward to her return in the fall!
Finally, Keira, our behind-the-scenes blogging editor, will be catching up on other work here at the UNM Latin American & Iberian Institute this summer before she returns to contributing to Vamos a Leer in the fall. If you’re here in Albuquerque, you might catch her enjoying her To Be Read list much like Colleen or enjoying some beautiful NM summer bike rides.
We all have a lot of exciting (though still work-filled) plans for the summer, and we hope our readers, too, can find some time in their busy lives to relax and read some good books this summer!
Wishing everyone the best!