Meet the incoming MALAS cohort

Fall 2023 brings sixteen new students into our MALAS program

Meet the incoming MALAS cohort

August 14, 2023

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!

Rebeca Almonacid Leal

Hometown: São Paulo, Brazil

Education:  Accounting at University of Brasilia

Learn more about Rebeca!

Jorgelina Benitez

Hometown: Brazil 

Education: Bachelor in Business Administration 

Learn more about Jorgelina!

Ashley Borges

Hometown: Miami, FL

Education: B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Latin American Studies at the University of Florida

Learn more about Ashley!

Sixta Cecilia Chaverra Martinez

Hometown: Quibdó, Chocó - Colombia

Education: Bachelor's in English and French 

Learn more about Sixta!

Maria de la Cruz Mora

Hometown: Newberry, FL 

Education: Bachelors of Arts in Political Science, minor in Latin American Studies. Cum Laude. University of Florida 

Learn more about Maria!

Ana Garcia De Dios

Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela

Education: A.S. in Dental Hygiene from Pensacola State College, B.A. in International Relations from Florida International University, Summa Cum Laude

Learn more about Ana!

Joanne Kreinbihl

Hometown: Bell, FL

Education: B.A. in Criminology, B.S. in Psychology at the University of Florida

Learn more about Joanne!

Daniela Lizarazo

Hometown: Bucaramanga, Colombia

Education: Social Worker, finishing a master's degree in Social Intervention

Learn more about Daniela!

Alfredo Ortiz

Hometown: Gainesville, Florida

Education: B.A. in Philosophy and International Studies, Cum Laude, University of Florida

Learn more about Alfredo!

Carlos Eduardo Paredes Camacho

Hometown: Hialeah, FL

Education: Miami-Dade College AA; Emory University BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Law with High Honors; University of Miami Masters of Science in Education and Social Change

Learn more about Carlos!

Nilton Quirolli Junior

Hometown: Cascavel, Paraná, Brazil

Education: Law, Maringá State University

Learn more about Nilton!

Ana Maria Ramirez Gomez

Hometown: Cali, Colombia

Education: B.A. in Social Communication and Journalism - Universidad Autónoma de Occidente, Cali, Colombia / Graduate in Creativity and Innovation in Digital Communication and Social Media - Universidad Complutense, Madrid, España

Learn more about Ana Maria!

Diana Rodriguez Allende

Hometown: Ciales, Puerto Rico

Education: B.B.A. in International Business, Minor in Religious Studies

Learn more about Diana!

Adriana Sela

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Education: Bachelor's in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Florida

Learn more about Adriana!

Gabrielle Soto

Hometown: Orlando, FL

Education: B.A. in Economics and International Studies with a focus in Latin America and a Minor in Asian Studies from the University of Florida

Learn more about Gabrielle!

Thais de Menezes Goncalves Zschaber

Hometown: Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Education: Law, Federal University of Minas Gerais

Learn more about Thais!