1. About the Bloggers

These are the authors of “Latinas and Media” from the University of Connecticut.

Ernie Abreu is a Junior at the University of Connecticut.  He is a Communication Major with a minor in Philosophy.  He has big aspirations of attending law school to become a certified lawyer.  Ernie is very involved in campus, being a member of BAILE, Bringing Awareness Into Latino Ethnicity, and a brother of a latino-oriented fraternity, Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity Inc.  Besides those involvement, Ernie likes to stay active by playing basketball, and overcoming the painful Insanity workouts.

Katie Blake is a Senior this year at UConn and from Granby, CT. She has an on campus apartment but on the weekends usually goes home to the apartment she has with her boyfriend, Josh, and dog, Chunk. She is an Accounting major so this course is completely irrelevant towards her major/career goals. However, she thought it would be an interesting course to add to her business courses since she has to get to 150 credits to get her CPA. This past summer she interned in the Internal Audit department at Northeast Utilities and next summer she will be interning in Assurance at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and hopefully will have a full-time offer at the end of the internship! She is a member of Beta Alpha Psi, the Accounting & Finance Honors Fraternity on campus. In her free time she enjoys going to the bar with friends, shopping, and spending time with Chunk.

Jorge A. Castillo is a PhD candidate in the department of Literatures, Cultures & Languages at the University of Connecticut. He received his B.A. in 2003 from Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas with a concentration in Hispanic Culture and Literature and Mexican American Studies. Before attending UConn, Jorge worked as a translator and copy editor. He completed his M.A. from UConn in 2007 and is currently working on his dissertation on sexualities and globalization in Caribbean cultural production.

Jessica Diaz is a senior studying Communication Disorders, at the University of Connecticut. She is currently an employee of the Women’s Center on the UConn campus, and is a retired teaching assistant of the Violence Against Women Prevention Program. Originally from Danbury, Connecticut, she is looking to venture elsewhere for graduate school, and hopes to relocate upon graduation in this upcoming May. Jessica is involved with many things on campus include UConn Women’s Rugby Football Club, SUBOG, Hear for You, and other events through the Women’s Center. Some of her interests include traveling, eating, volunteering, and enjoying her last year of UConn athletics. Her aspirations include moving to a foreign country, running a marathon, and to start a Women’s Center somewhere in the world.

Lisette Espinal is a first generation student at the University of Connecticut. She is in her fourth year, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. As an activist and philanthropist Lisette hopes to one day be able to join the Peace Corps. She is fascinated by diverse cultures and worldly people. One day she hopes to travel and learn to speak at least 75% of the Romance languages. After undergrad she plans to pursue an advanced degree in the Hospitality\Tourism industry to one day become a Leader at Walt Disney World Resorts and affiliated companies. Meanwhile she devotes her leisure time journaling, studying Catholicism, and engaging in extracurricular activities.

David Faenza is a Senior studying communications at the University of Connecticut. He works for Off-Campus Student Services at the university and is also a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. Traveling has always been a huge passion of his and he hopes to make it to every country before he is 25.  He hopes to go into the sales field upon graduating early in December.

Jose Figueroa is a senior, double majoring in Psychology and Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies. With this, he hopes to work with minority children who have been abused and/or neglected. Jose currently works on campus at the Women’s Center, where he is able to get involved in issues such as sexual assault, gender equity and domestic violence. Jose also is the Vice President and Director of Service and Philanthropy for the UConn colony of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity, Inc. It is Jose’s wish to give back to the community, and to make a change in the world.

Alexandria Garry is a transfer student to the University of Connecticut. She received her AS in Liberal Arts & Sciences at Tunxis Community College where she was the President of the student newspaper and an active member of the Celebration of Womanhood club.  She has volunteered for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project and CT-Mirage Fastpitch Softball and works as the Social Media Coordinator for FPN and CT USSSA. She is a strong believer in women’s rights and equal opportunity. She is striving for a BA in Journalism and in joining as many clubs on campus as possible.

Stephanie Giannoutsos is a senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Human Development and Family Studies.  She is half Colombian and half Greek and grew up in Elmont, New York.  She is the secretary of Alima International Dance Association which is an international dance group on campus that seeks to promote cultural awareness and cohesion of all different nationalities and ethnicities.  Stephanie is also part of several other extracurricular clubs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Guard Dogs, Huskies Away from Home, and the Family Studies Undergraduate Committee.  She spends her free time working out and enjoys playing intramural soccer and intramural volleyball.  She has aspirations of working with troubled adolescents and children as a counselor or social worker.

Charlie Grab is a senior at the University of Connecticut. I thought I saved my changes,but apparently I did not! Sorry this seems so late. I am apart of the General Studies program here at the university, with a concentration in interdisciplinary studies. The whole things is a fancy way of saying I never had the desire to study one thing in college, so i spread myself across the board. I have a minor in WGSS as well. Outside of the classroom, I am a student manager at Transportation Services. Yes, I drive Blue Line, and acknowledge we are late often. Many apologies!  Looking forward to our class  =)

Yining He is an international exchange student from Singapore. She is a Junior majoring in Communication. An avid television fan, she is interested in the representation and empowerment of women in popular culture. She is also an aspiring writer. Latinas and Media is the first course that introduces her to the exploration of Latinas and their presence in the media, from which she is eager to learn more.

Danielle Honig is a Senior at the University of Connecticut. She is an Art History major with a minor in Business. She has held leadership positions within the HuskyTHON Executive Board, the Greek Week Management Team, UConn Women in Business, and Alpha Phi International Sorority. Danielle served as the Public Relations Intern at HP Hood  LLC this summer, and will soon be managing the campus Public Relations and Event Coordination for the university’s new Storrs Center. Her aspirations include acquiring a career in fashion/visual art or restaurant Public Relations, renting a posh apartment in a major US city, taking a tour of Asia, and owning a French Bulldog.

Lindsey Honig is a Junior at the University of Connecticut. She is majoring in Communication and will earn a minor in English and a Certificate in Creative Writing. Her studies are focused on media, particularly television and film. She is a sister of Alpha Phi, a Panhellenic sorority, and is the current Director of Scholarship. She is also the Vice President of the UConn Comm Society and an active member of UConn Student Television (UCTV). Her aspiration is to work in the entertainment industry, either writing or producing.

Tiffany Jorge is a Senior at the University of Connecticut who is majoring in Sociology. She is multilingual and speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese. She was born and raised in a Portuguese household and is proud of her ethnicity. She currently has a Educational Leadership Work-Study position at the Neag School of Education.  She enjoys staying active, giving back to the community, and spending quality time with family and friends.   She is graduating in the Spring of 2013 and wants to live in New York City to pursue her dream as a fashion stylist. However, she does plan on returning to school and continue her studies to receive her Masters.

Morgan Kamm is a senior at the University of Connecticut. She is a Communication major with a minor in Sociology. She took the PRLS class, Special Audiences last semester, which inspired her to take this course. She is currently the Vice President of Social Standards of Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority and the Vice President of Educational and Cultural Events for Huskies for Israel. Before she attended UConn, she attended the University of Arizona and also studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain.

Jeremy Kaplan is a junior at the University of Connecticut. He is from Westchester, NY and is majoring in Communication while minoring in Entrepreneurship. Jeremy will be studying abroad in London, England for the spring 2013 semester. He is a member of the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity as well as the Uconn Communication Society. Jeremy’s interests include both watching and playing several sports, meeting new people, and interacting with friends.

Adam Lang is a Junior at the University of Connecticut.  He is majoring in Psychology, is considering a minor in Women’s Studies, and hopes to attend law school in the future.  He had interned with Department of Children and Families in Willimantic this past summer, which inspired him to work within and change the legal system to help families.    Adam works at a bagel shop/cafe and enjoys the unlimited amounts of coffee greatly.  Lately he has been focusing on Zen Buddhism and meditation, which he highly recommends to anyone looking for relaxation and peace of mind.

Kelvin Li is a Junior at the University of Connecticut. He is from New York City who’s currently undecided in a major. He is fluent in English, Chinese and Spanish. He wants to learn how to speak more languages within the near future. He wants to be involved in some sort of business someday and has a strong passion for opening a cupcake restaurant. He is an aspiring actor, hoping to achieve his dream of being on the big screen as well as being able to make a difference in peoples’ lives. He is part of a clothing based company that his friend started called MuffinMilk. He is also the male blog writer for HerCampus. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, playing basketball and occasionally rapping.

Carolyn Luby is a Senior at the University of Connecticut. She is double majoring in Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and Spanish and minoring in Puerto Rican and Latino Studies. She is fluent in Spanish and just returned from a semester abroad in Granada, Spain. In addition to academics Carolyn is also a peer educator for the Violence Against Women Prevention Program and is the Vice President of the community service club Silver Wings. She is an active advocate for Women’s Rights and Human Rights and works to promote community involvement and interaction with these issues on both a university level and a national and global level.

Brianna Martone is a Senior at the University of Connecticut. She is pursuing a bachelors degree in Women, Gender and Sexualities Studies with a Minor in Human Rights. She enjoys learning about cultural differences within different communities, especially ones outside of the United States. She enjoys volunteering within her community and thrives off meeting new people who contribute new perspectives to life. She hopes after graduating,to become involved in her community back home and bring awareness to gender subordination and inequality.

Gillianna Mendoza is a Junior at the University of Connecticut studying Pathobiology and getting her minor in Communications. She was born in New York, raised in Atlanta, and her parents are both originally from Ecuador. She has worked in both non-profit organizations, The Community Action Center, and large national corporations, Allied Integrated Marketing and even fun traditional jobs as a Summer Camp Counselor for the Ashford-Dunwoody YMCA. After interning for Allied IM this past summer doing movie promotions and publicity, she hopes to become a Publicist and/or Public Relations Representative in either Mass Media or Sports Marketing. She has attended Leadership Conferences in Washington D.C. and participated in Music Programs nationwide. An activity she enjoyed on campus was playing Intramural Polo. Back home, volunteering for people in need and animals up for adoption are two of her passions she devotes a lot of time to. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, keeping up with pop culture, studying music, and spending time with her family and friends.

Kiara Morales is a junior at the University of Connecticut, pursuing B.A in Communication.  She is interested in journalism as well as broadcast media. She has work experience in the IT field, having previously interned for The Hartford Financial Services Company.  She is a supporter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and watches the telethon every year and urges everyone to make a donation not only to this cause but to any cause that they care about. She also enjoys theatre and is an avid reader. She enjoys the comical musings of the whimsical organization, Improv Everywhere, having once taken part in one of their secret events, Black Tie Beach.

Violetta Orlowski is a senior at the University of Connecticut who transferred  sophomore year from Florida International University in Miami, Florida.  She is pursuing a degree in Psychology and hopes to attend graduate school in order to continue her studies within the field. More specifically, she is interested in Behavior Analysis for children with Autism. On campus, she is a member of Autism Speaks and works in the Rohner Center as a Research Assistant and Administrative Assistant to the director and is editor of the ISIPAR newsletter for the study of Interpersonal Acceptance and Rejection. She enjoys reading, writing, and running. She doesn’t watch a lot of television unless it is Southpark or the Colbert Report.

Lucia Parisi is a junior and a Communications major with a minor in Business at the University of Connecticut. After graduation, she plans to master in Advertising or Marketing with hopes of obtaining a career in that field. Something interesting you may not know about her is that she was born and raised in Peru so she is fluent in Spanish. Besides her Peruvian background, she is also Italian through her father’s side of the family. On campus, she likes to get involved with her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma, by attending philanthropy events, homecoming, among other activities. She is also an Administrative Assistant for the CANR Office of Communications.

Elizabeth Parsons is a senior Honors English major at the University of Connecticut.  She will be graduating in December and hopes to pursue a career in publishing.  She served as a fiction panelist for UConn’s own literary magazine, the Long River Review, this past spring, and is interested continuing work in magazines.  She has studied abroad in London and would like to go back someday.  She divides her time between campus and her hometown in southeastern Connecticut, with occasional sojourns to San Diego, CA.  Her interests include reading (particularly science fiction/fantasy), writing, performance, capoeira, and shoes.

Stacey Pecor is a senior studying Communication Sciences at the University of Connecticut. She is from Glastonbury, Connecticut and this past summer studied abroad in Florence, Italy. Although she may not look it, she is 50% Portuguese. She is currently a marketing representative/intern for the company Rent the Runway. She enjoys being involved on campus, especially in her sorority Delta Gamma. After graduation, she hopes to have a job dealing with public relations or advertising.

Veronica Perez is a senior at the University of Connecticut and is majoring in Communication. Veronica is a transfer student from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where in fall of 2010 she received an associates degree in fashion merchandising management. Upon graduation, Veronica would like to start a career in Public Relations and move back to New York. Veronica is also a member of the communication society at UConn.

Morgan Starr Radin is a Junior at the University of Connecticut and is a Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies Major.  Morgan is a transfer student from Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic, Connecticut.  She is interested in theatre, media, and art as a whole.  She is a proud member of Pi Beta Phi sorority, and works as an art teacher at her town’s summer camp.  This is her first course whose focus is on latino/as, and she is interested to broaden her knowledge.

Hailey Rosa is a Senior at the University of Connecticut. She is majoring in History and minoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies. Hailey has just returned from a study abroad program in Limerick, Ireland, and has had the opportunity to backpack through Europe. She is a manager at the Mansfield Community Center and spends her free time with her dog Boggs and finishing the Game of Thrones series.

Alexis M. Ruiz is a Senior at the University of Connecticut.  She is majoring in Sociology.  She in the future wants to work within the Criminal Justice System studying how people and society are related, how society has a role on the Criminal Mentality and how limitations have a role on people’s behaviors. Alexis is involved in many ways on campus. She is involved in M.E.T.A.S (Mentoring, Educating and Training for Academic Success), which is a mentoring program for incoming freshman and transfer students. She is also a member and President of the Alpha Omicron Chapter of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc. She was formally the coordinator for the annual OOzeball Tournament here on campus, which was probably also one of her most exciting involvements here at the University of Connecticut. Alexis has a passion for playing volleyball and has recently developed the drive to train for a 5K run.

Rachael Serreti is a a new transfer student to the University of Connecticut. She transferred from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York where she was majoring in mass communications. At the University of Connecticut, she will be majoring in communications and may want to minor in advertising. She is from Stratford, Connecticut and worked at Vino and Mare as a waitress this summer. She hopes to get an internship this summer so she can further her career in communications. In her spare time she likes to go for runs and be with her friends. After graduation, she hopes to get a job that with related with public relations.

Sorlyz Pagán is a senior at the University of Connecticut. Just last year, she joined PRLACC and finally got rid of her stage fright when she performed a salsa routine with her fellow classmates. She is currently awaiting an acceptance letter for her Individualized Major, Social Development and Latino Studies. After volunteering every weekend for three years at a nursing home, she realized that helping people is her passion. She plans on integrating her Spanish culture with a job in the medical field, possibly becoming a patient advocate.

Shantae Shaw is a Junior at the University of Connecticut. Although she lives in Enfield, Connecticut, she is a transfer student from Philadelphia University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, majoring in Psychology. Shantae is involved on campus being the President of the UConn Chapter of the Invisible Children Campaign, and a member of G.U.A.R.D. Dogs, Psi Chi, and SHRM. A Jamaica native, Shantae frequently travels to visit every summer. She aspires to a lot of the world, learn as many languages as possible, and help those in need.

Skylar Smith is a current junior studying Communications at the University of Connecticut and minoring in Puerto Rican and Latino Studies. He transferred from the University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras where he was studying Business Management.  After leaving Puerto Rico and experiencing UConn, he realized how interesting the culture and environment is in Puerto Rico.  He is determined to move to Puerto Rico after college in pursuit of a carrer. He currently manages a family business, Heibeck Original, on the weekends and is interested in owning his own business in the future.

Amanda Aw Yong is a Junior from the National University of Singapore and is in UConn for one semester. She is majoring in Accountancy and Communications, and prefers writing to accounting. She will likely venture into investor relations in the future. Taking this course is an eye-opener because back in her home college, there are no similar course offerings. Outside school, she enjoys theatre, musicals and traveling. She is trying to fulfill the goal of traveling every weekend to a different city while in UConn.

Mariah Monroe is a junior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Journalism. She’s the Assistant News Director at UCTV and produces the morning show “Wake Up UConn” as well as UCTV’s first horror film, “Spring Weekend.”Mariah loves to travel, and hopes to have a job in the near future that affords her that opportunity. In her free time, Mariah enjoys hiking in central CT, reading, and spending time with her family and friends.


One Response to 1. About the Bloggers

  1. Caroline/a Nieto says:

    Caroline Nieto is a senior at University of Connecticut majoring in Spanish and Biology. She grew up bilingual and is taking advantage of that talent and putting it towards her career path. She is applying to different graduate programs for Agriculture Resource Economics and is hoping to do some international work during her year off.

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