Your alumni network is among the most enduring benefits of a UConn education.
A degree from the Institute of Latina/o, Caribbean, and Latin American Studies forever connects you with a powerful personal and professional network of fellow Huskies. Find out how to keep in touch with the Institute and stay connected to UConn Nation.
Meet Our Alumni
"The Master's in International Studies with concentration in Latin America from El Instituto was truly a turning point in my career. Amongst other great academic experiences, I was given the unmatched opportunity to become the founder and primary researcher of a graduate working group, a teacher assistant, as well as a graduate assistant. While in the program, I organized meetings, talks, non-class websites, as well as the visits of prestigious scholars concerned with social justice, all while connecting and collaborating with outstanding faculty and graduate students from diverse fields and departments at UConn, thanks to the interdisciplinary nature and support of El Instituto. I was, thus, well-prepared to transition to administrative roles in academia upon my graduation in 2014, working as a graduate Program Coordinator at the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) at the University of Texas at Austin, and currently as a Director of Strategies and Operations for Relay Graduate School of Education."
"I was drawn to study Latinx/Latin America at UConn with the idea of using it as a launchpad for a PhD. As I progressed with my research, I also discovered that I began to feel compelled to share what I had been learning with a wider audience. Learning how to research, synthesize, and distill vast amounts of complex information helped me develop a communication style that ultimately lent itself to teaching and, later, influencing curriculum as World Languages Department Chair. I reflect fondly on my time at UConn and the opportunities it has afforded me."
"As a second-year M.A. student at El Instituto, I knew I wanted to continue to the Ph.D. The decision solidified when I took a class with Dr. Manisha Desai, who later became my doctoral advisor in the Sociology Department at UConn. There is no doubt in my mind that the MA prepared me for the Ph.D. at ELIN, I learned to read and write critically, present to a non-generalist audience, and use my academic skills in applied settings such as non-profit work. As a first-generation Mexican immigrant from a working-class background, ELIN helped me understand that my voice matters and that my community's story deserves a platform."
"Receiving my MA in Latin American and Latinx Studies at UConn was a life changing experience. I enrolled in the program because of my broad interest in Latin America and Latino/a/xs communities in the US. As a student I had developed my research and writing skills in close collaboration with faculty mentors and completed a final masters project that enticed me to further pursue Puerto Rican history as a scholar. I later received a PhD in history at the University of Michigan, held a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellowship at Brown University, and taught as a tenure-track faculty member in the History Department and at El Instituto. I have been very excited to return to UConn as a faculty member in the History Department and at El Instituto. It has been amazing to come back to this vibrant community, to work with UConn students as a professor, and to participate in the groundbreaking research conducted at El Instituto."
"My senior year at UCONN, El Instituto and the School of Public Policy (SPP) came together to create a joint Masters, and, because I was already looking to do the fast track, they encouraged me to go for the joint degree. The SPP’s fast track enabled me to finish the first year of this 3 year degree as an undergrad. I felt support constantly, and was able to do research in more areas than I realized. When I began working on my thesis, El In’s director let me know that the SPP was working on a project associated with cannabis legalization. This lead me to working with the Institute of Municipal Research and the SPP to examine some of the legalization bills throughout the country, and how Connecticut compares. I was able to do real policy analysis, and get an understanding of how policies today impact different groups. El in and the SPP prepared me for anything that I might pursue, whether it was in Academia or in government. Though currently I am going into government, I have considered going back to school, and I know that skills and connections I obtained through El In will come in handy later on. If I wasn’t in this program the last two years I’m not sure what I would be doing. But I do know that I wouldn’t be in a position within the state government, and I would not have had the chance to meet the people who made this program great."
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Contact the CLAS Office of Alumni Relations
Have questions about how to get involved at UConn? Contact the director of alumni relations for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.