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Katiana M. Bagué

Hometown

Miami, Florida

Education

B.A. in Art History (Cum Laude), University of Florida

Interests

Latinx Studies, Art History, Anthropology, Library Science, Museum Studies, Diversity & Inclusivity, Challenging Underrepresentation

Experience

Katiana Bagué, born in Miami, Florida to Puerto Rican immigrants, received her B.A in art history from the University of Florida in May 2018. During her undergraduate career, Katiana was drawn to courses related to Latin American and Latinx art and film. Her immersion to Latin American and Latinx studies, however, did not limit itself to the classroom setting. As an undergraduate student, she had the great opportunity of working for the University of Florida’s Latin American and Caribbean Collection (LACC). There she gained valuable library experiences, such as learning how to create bilingual finding aids for archival collections and how to curate book exhibits.

On October 2017, Katiana was awarded the ARL Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence. This fellowship worked to expose undergraduate students from underrepresented communities to librarianship and digital stewardship. Thus, she was tasked with digital projects such as curating online exhibits that showcased materials from the LACC.

These experiences moreover made Katiana realize how important it is to expose stories related to Latin American and Latinx groups as they at times can go underrepresented. Furthermore, with the MALAS program, she hopes to in some way combat the issue of underrepresentation of Latin American and Latinx culture in society. After completing the MALAS program, she aspires to work in cultural institutions, such as libraries and museums, to help diversify those environments and promote the representation of minoritized cultures.

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