Meet the incoming MALAS cohort

Fall 2022 brings thirteen new students into our MALAS program

Meet the incoming MALAS cohort

August 18, 2022

As with every year, this fall semester finds the Center for Latin American Studies with a new cohort of MALAS students. Coming from all parts of the world, they represent a wide range of academic interests and career pursuits. Learn more about them below.

Jessica Alvarez Starr

Hometown: Gainesville, FL

Education: B.A. in History and Spanish, Minor in Latin American Studies, Magna Cum Laude, University of Florida

Learn more about Jessica!


Jorge L. Arcia Durán

Hometown: Barrancabermeja, Colombia

Education: B.A. in Anthropology, Universidad de Antioquia

Learn more about Jorge!

Laura Milena Botero

Hometown: Táchira / Caracas, Venezuela

Education: Psychologist - Universidad Católica Andrés Bello / Musician - Vicente Emilio Sojo Conservatory of Music

Learn more about Laura!

Illyamani Castro

Hometown: Manhattan, New York

Education: B.A in Anthropology, minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies, Cum Laude, New York University

Learn more about Illyamani!

Ivy Chen

Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

Education: B.A. in Asian Studies, Williams College; Artist Diploma in Cello Performance, The Boston Conservatory; M.A. in Museum Studies, University of Florida (candidate Fall 2022)

Learn more about Ivy!

Beatriz Domínguez Alemán

Hometown: Santiago, Chile / Miami, Florida

Education: BA in Anthropology with a minor in Cultural Politics, Cum Laude, Alberto Hurtado University, Chile

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Sarah Rebecca Dominguez

Hometown: Boca Raton, FL

Education: Bachelor's in International Studies focused on Latin America and the Caribbean and a minor in Art History from the University of Florida, Cum Laude

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Duvan Gulfo Perea

Hometown: Quibdó, Chocó, Colombia

Education: Bachelors of English and French - Universidad Tecnológica del Chocó / Graduate Studies in Active Methodologies and Learning in Education - Universidad Complutense, Madrid, España

Learn more about Duvan!

Daniela Hernandez-Gil

Hometown: Miami, FL

Education: B.A. Anthropology, B.A. Criminology student at the University of Florida

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Rodrigo Mezarina Muriel

Hometown: Lima, Perú

Education: B.A in Sociology, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú

Learn more about Rodrigo!

Jane Teresa Perez

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Education: B.A. in Political Science & History, Magna Cum Laude at the University of Florida

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Daniel Sarkela

Hometown: Greer, SC

Education: Bachelor of Music in string performance and Spanish, minor in Latin American studies. Magna Cum Laude. Furman University 2022

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Tania Trejo-Mendez

Hometown: Lakeland, FL

Education: B.A. in History, Emory University

Learn more about Tania!