Hello all y mucho gusto!
My name is Colleen. I am new to blogging and excited to be joining the Vamos a Leer community. I will be posting the monthly Reading Roundup. I look forward to sharing my thoughts and to hearing yours!
A little bit about me: I am a native New Mexican and UNM alumni. I received my BA in Latin American Studies and Spanish in 2008. After several years, I am returning to pursue a dual degree in Latin American Studies and Community and Regional Planning. It feels great to be back in the academic environment! My interest in Latin America developed early in my undergraduate studies. It stemmed from learning a more profound history of New Mexico, particularly that of Spanish Colonial (and US) expansion and the impact that colonization has on people, land, language, identity, and culture. Although New Mexico’s history is distinct from that of Latin America, there are significant and strong parallels. I am continuously fascinated by the vínculos that exist between New Mexico and Latin America. Equally, I am intrigued by the differences and divergence that has taken place.
I have worked in the field of youth and community development both locally and internationally for the last eight years. In this time I have developed a passion for working with community members – young people more specifically – on social and emotional life skills, focusing on sexual and reproductive health. I believe these to be all-encompassing topics that with continued emphasis can greatly strengthen our communities. I am thrilled to embark on this dual degree and intend to continue working towards positive youth and community development though culturally relevant planning, programming, and education.