Posts Categorized: Alumni

LAS Alumna Aned Ladino


November 13, 2018

Aned Ladino is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Spanish with an emphasis in Latin American literature. Her thesis, “Hibridación y subversión de arquetipos femeninos latinoamericanos en Alfonsina Storni, Gabriela Mistral y Silvina Ocampo” proposes that the authors participated in a worldwide transformation that established women as historical agents, and their hybrid narrative challenged heteronormative conventions. Aned is the former president of the Spanish Graduate Association... Read More

Nicole Reyes-Palma, Outreach Coordinator for Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy


March 19, 2018

Nicole Reyes-Palma is a proud Latina graduate from the University of Central Florida with a double major in Political Science and Latin American Studies. During her time at UCF she explored her career by attending conferences, being involved in the UCF Alumni Center as a staff assistant and signing up for a trip with the Latin American Department to Spain, Nerja and Morocco. She is a strong activist and advocate for civil rights and volunteerism.This path led her to apply for the UCF renowned... Read More

Nikki Hill Heading for Peru


March 9, 2018

Nikki Hill is currently working on her Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate at UCF to prepare her to teach English abroad. She interned at the binational center, Casa Thomas Jefferson (CTJ) in Brazil that offers TEFL classes to over 16,000 students. Nikki relates her experience at CTJ and will be participating at the binational center in Cusco, Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano, during Spring Break. My name is Nikki Hill. I am an aspiring ESL/EFL teacher, and I was... Read More

LAS Alumna starts as News Reporter in Charlottesville


December 19, 2017

Desiree Montilla ’17 just started as a news reporter for CBS 19 News Charlottesville Newsplex in Charlottesville, Virgina. Desiree, who majored in broadcast journalism and minored in Latin American Studies, will be shooting, editing, and writing stories on issues facing the community in Charlottesville. While at UCF, Desiree was the recipient of the Latin American Studies U.S. Department of Education Award for the Spanish Heritage Program in Spain. She credits her mentor and Latin American... Read More

Alcir Santos Neto, BA 2015 – U.S. Army


June 22, 2015

“I really enjoyed the curriculum and the faculty was not only friendly, but also extremely knowledgeable. The program has prepared me to reach my career goal as a Foreign Area Officer of the U.S. Army. The capstone project also offered me an opportunity to research more in depth a topic that I found important. I'm joining the U.S. Army as a Specialist (E-4) working as a Health Care Specialist. After one year of Active Duty service, I will be sent to Officer Candidate School and become an Army... Read More

Juanita Duque, BA 2014 – Master’s program at UF


June 17, 2015

“The CAPSTONE requirement allowed me to conduct field research, thus providing me with the first-hand experience that has been crucial for my development in this field. Through its interdisciplinary approach, the program has incited my thirst for knowledge, helping me select an area on which to focus for a master’s thesis project that I will be carrying out at the University of... Read More

Justin Stonecypher, BA 2014 – Peace Corps


June 17, 2015

“This program has given us the opportunity to learn, grow, and become part of a bigger and more important Latin Community. What we have learned from the Latin American Studies Program has greatly increased our capacity to understand and serve Latin America, be it through joining the Peace Corps as a Medical Service Volunteer or through my life long goal of serving inter-American relations from within the United States... Read More

Aned Ladino, BA 2014 – Peace Corps


June 17, 2015

“The Latin American Program helped me discover many aspects of a region that I thought I knew. I am Colombian, yet I did know much about neighboring countries. Now, I have a solid background in history, politics, anthropology, literature and the culture of Latin America. The knowledge and understanding I acquired will help inform my service as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador." After graduating from UCF, I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador in the Youth and Families... Read More