About the Bloggers

These are the authors of “Fictions of Latino Masculinities” from the University of Connecticut. The authors will analyze literary texts, films, and other cultural production of Latinos in the U.S. in order to interrogate and evaluate how masculinities are constructed.

Spring 2013

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, known as Lambda Alpha Upsilon Fraternity Inc.  Besides those involvement, Ernie likes to stay active by playing basketball, and overcoming the painful Insanity workouts.

Audrey Allyn is a senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Geography.  She transferred to UCONN from Central Connecticut State University last fall.  She grew up in a small town in the Northwest corner of Connecticut.  She is interested in traveling the world, meeting new people, eating and making good food, and being adventurous.  After school she would like to get a job with AmeriCorps.

Victoria Breen is a Sophomore studying English and hoping to be admitted into the Neag School of Education for Secondary English. She is from Stamford, CT. She is an active member of the sorority Delta Gamma, works at the UConn Library at the information desk, and is a Program Director for Nathan Hale Homework Club, a tutoring and mentoring program for middle schoolers. Her hobbies include drawing, piano, reading, and music.

Imaani Cain is a sixth semester junior at the University of Connecticut who transferred from the regional Greater Hartford Campus in fall of 2012. Although she was originally born in San Diego, California, she moved to Connecticut soon after, where she has lived for the majority of her life. She is an English major with an interest in working in the publication field and will graduate in the spring of 2014.

Lauren Carabetta is a senior at the University of Connecticut. She is a Human Development and Family Studies major and a Latino Studies minor. She enjoys helping others and plans to pursue a helping profession. She is considering getting her Master’s degree in Social Work. She has been involved with BAILE and has a passion for dance: salsa, merengue, bachata, ballet, pointe, tap, and jazz. In addition to dance, she also enjoys soccer.

Jorge 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. He has taught 6 years at the college level as well as conducted discussion groups in the Linkage Through Language program.

Brittany Demers is a senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. She currently works for the university’s biology department and also as a basketball coach for children in kindergarten to 3rd grade. She will be graduating in May and hopes to gain a career in the human services field.  Eventually, she would like to attend graduate school to obtain a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy or Social Work.

Kenneth “Kaydo” Dortche is a senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Communications with a concentration in Marketing/Advertising. He currently is a Franchise Owner of a division of College Pro which specializes in customer services and production. He also started a business in the night life entertainment industry “ELYTE Entertainment” which currently holds contracts in the New Haven Night Life Circle. As a brother of La Unidad Latina, Lambda Upsilon Lambda Fraternity Incorporated, Kaydo is very involve with the community both on campus and off, which is a passion of his as his main goal in life is building a diverse network of friendships.

Jesse Drinks is a senior student-athlete at the University of Connecticut studying Sociology. Jesse is 50% Puerto Rican and 50% African American and is beginning to look deeper into his Spanish roots. During his time at UConn, Jesse has been a member of the Men’s Track and Field team. After graduating he plans on returning to his home in Ossining, New York to pursue a career in Physical Education along with Physical Training on the side. During his free time, Jesse enjoys playing video games, basketball and hanging out with friends.

Ayaa Elgoharry is a sophomore at the University of Connecticut. Ayaa is a first generation college student. She is a Human Development and Family Studies major with a minor in English.  She came to America when she was 6 years old from Egypt with her parents and older sister.  Ayaa is a Uconn RA, and was a member of Jumpstart. Besides her involvement, Ayaa likes to stay active by going to the gym, and rock climbing.

Lisette Espinal is a first generation student at the University of Connecticut. She is a Senior, 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 proudly supports the Pro Life movement. She is happily involved with No Freeze Hospitality Center, Inc. and  Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Inc.  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 her 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.

Iris Foley is a sophomore studying Nursing and minoring in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies at the University of ConnecticutFollowing graduation from UConn she hopes to work as a registered nurse in maternity services and eventually become an advanced practice nurse midwife. Iris is a Connecticut native, born in Hartford and raised in Vernon. She is a proud member of the UConn Marching Band Color Guard and Winter Guard and has been involved with the UConn Red Cross Club, UConn Student Nurses’ Association, and UConn Irish. Since 2009 she has worked as a bank teller at Rockville Bank and since 2011 has also worked in the UConn Financial Aid Office as a student administrative assistant. In her spare time Iris loves spending time with her family, friends, and dogs, Blue and Guinness. She also enjoys reading novels, listening to music, and watching movies.

Romy Garcia is a senior at the University of Connecticut graduating this May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Agriculture Resource Economics. Currently she is a Student Intern at the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, works at the School of Business, and is leading several projects at the Student Support Services Office. In addition, Romy serves as the New Member Recruitment Chair for Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Inc., which she has been a member of for three years. She has recently returned from a semester abroad in South East Asia (Singapore) where she had a cultural and social learning experience.

Melanie Gross is a senior at the University of Connecticut. She is majoring in Psychology, and is currently employed at UConn’s Center for Students with Disabilities. Though she grew up in New Jersey, she hopes to stay in Connecticut after graduation, pursuing a career in either social services or human resources.

Amy Hahm is a graduating senior at the University of Connecticut. She is a Korean-American who is interested in social and cultural issues. She is a sister of Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, a cultural sorority, striving to spread cultural awareness. She loves learning about different cultures and is excited to learn more about the latino culture from this class. She plans to attend graduate school to get her degree in elementary education in the fall.

Amber Jones is a junior at the University of Connecticut where she is a double majoring in English and Human Development. She plans to go into the field of education where she desires to teach secondary English in Atlanta, Georgia. She wants to start college prep for students in urban areas. She is very involved on campus, she is a committed sister of she serves as community service and public relations chair. She is also on the Executive Board of the as the Vice President of Internal Affairs. Although she has an immense amount on her plate she is very dedicated to her academics and strives for success. As a young motivated lady she knows that she will attain greatness in life.

Prekiya Kennebrew is a first generation student from Trenton, New Jersey but also lived in New Haven, Connecticut for all of her teenage years. Prekiya is a sophomore majoring in Industrial Organizational Psychology with a minor in women`s studies. She is an RA for hilltop apartments. She is also co-captain of the UConn All-Stars step and dance team on campus!!! Prekiya`s goals are to graduate from the University of Connecticut and attend grad school for her PhD in I/O psy.

Sorlyz Pagán is a senior at the University of Connecticut. In the Spring of 2012, she joined PRLACC and B.A.I.L.E. She was accepted in the Individualized Major Program in the Fall of 2012 and created Social Development and Latino Studies as her major. Her hobbies include playing basketball and flag football, and dancing. She hopes to one day become a voice for Latino population in the medical offices.

Carlos A. Restrepo is a senior at the University of Connecticut. Majoring in Communications and minoring in Latino Studies, he likes to play sports, watch movies, and do recreational activities with his friends and peers. He hopes to work in television and/or public relations in the near future

Skylar Smith is a 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, and is interested in owning his own business in the future.

Joseph Sokola is a senior at the University of Connecticut, from West Hartford. Majoring in English, he plans to move to Spain to pursue a career in education after graduation.  His hobbies include making music and skateboarding.

Emily Van Buren is twenty-one year old woman completing her eighth and final semester at Uconn. Her mom and sister live in Danbury, CT and her Dad, brother and other sister live in Hillsborough, NC. Emily is majoring in Communications and minoring in Business fundamentals. Emily is a sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma, a social sorority on campus and is excited and nervous to graduate this coming May.

Nelson Veras is junior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Sociology.  He comes from Hartford, CT and on his free time he enjoys to play sports as well as to watch them.  He is a brother of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity, Inc. and apart of K-5 College Bound. After receiving a master’s degree in Sociology, Nelson plans on pursuing a career as a probation officer.  He likes to make an impact on the community and tries to stay involve as much as possible.

Sabryne Vidal is a junior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Psychology with a minor in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies . She comes from a long line of psychologists and she too hopes to one day become a doctor in the field. She is interested in working with women, children and adolescents and plans on using her bilingual skills to offer her services to the Hispanic community. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, she intends to complete her graduate coursework with the Developmental Psychology program at Uconn. Sabryne was born in Hartford and raised in West Hartford, CT. When at home, she works at the Hartford Golf Club during the winter and summer breaks. She enjoys listening to music, spending time with her family and puppies Chispa and Lola.

John Wilkinson is a Junior studying English Literature and Economics and is aiming to pursue a minor in Women’s Studies. He is from Branford, CT. John has been accepted into the University Scholar Program at UConn and is pursuing an undergraduate thesis examining portrayals of masculinity in Generation X authored works of the 1990s. After graduation, he plans to enroll in a graduate program for English Literature. He is also the President of the UConn Hurling Club (a sport of Irish origin). John also enjoys backpacking, skateboarding, collecting music, and writing.

Desiree Wimberly is a senior at the University of Connecticut studying Allied Health with the intentions of becoming a Nurse. A Connecticut native born and raised, but has strong ties to her mother’s Jamaican culture. She is actively involved in her community as the president of the West Indian Student Organization, an LSAMP scholar, a dancer from UConn’s Nubian Foxes, and a recent addition to the Zeta Theta chapter of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. as an Iota Sweetheart for the Fall 2012 line. Fun fact: almost all of her close family members will be graduating from UConn Storrs. (two cousin and one little sister).

Spring 2012

Julissa Antigua is a second semester freshman Marketing major in the School of Business at the University of  Connecticut. She is 100% Dominican born and raised. She has lived in Meriden Connecticut for about 8 years but wishes to visit her homeland more frequently. She is currently pursuing a position as a choreographer in BAILE. Which is a dance group meant to Bring Awareness into Latino Ethnicity by teaching and preforming dances such as salsa, merengue and bachata. She is also a part of Christian Students on Campus. She enjoys to read, dance and sleep. On her free time she goes to the gym and out with friends.

Montana Beutler is a Senior at UConn majoring in Art History with a minor in Business. She has traveled all over the world, most recently to Copenhagen to study architecture. She is graduating one year early, and hopes to attend grad school in Manhattan.  She enjoys going to train at crossfit, playing with her cat, and learning random facts.

Melissa Calderon is a junior English major who minors in Women Studies. This semester she transferred back to UConn from CCSU. Melissa is a half Puerto Rican and half Peruvian from Hartford CT; she understands Spanish but does not speak it. She commutes from Manchester. She plans to be an English teacher because she loves working with children. In addition, Melissa enjoys her job as an administrative coordinator at Achievement First Hartford Elementary Academy.

Jorge 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. He has taught 6 years at the college level as well as conducted discussion groups in the Linkage Through Language program.

Chloe Ann-Marie Delgado is a 3rd year student Sociology student at the University of Connecticut. Her career goals is in Education Administration and Independent Business Ownership. She hopes to attend a Graduate Program in NYC upon completion of her Undergraduate career. She has been a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and has had 2 little brothers and 1 little sister thus far. She is 75% Puerto Rican & 25% Dominican and was born and raised in Bronx, New York. She comes from a religious household and is a believer in Christ. She adores animals and considers herself an animal rights activist. She plans on getting married at her all time favorite childhood place The Bronx Zoo. She is currently a Lupus fighter but still loves life and loves to enjoy life’s treasures.

Stanley Demosthene is a 3rd year student at the University of Connecticut, and is currently studying to become a Sociology major. I am from Norwalk, Connecticut and actually have dreamed of attending UConn every since I was a young boy. I am part of the Boxing Club here on campus, as well as the Intramural Basketball team. In my free time I enjoy to eat, play video games, and go to they gym to work out and/or play basketball.

Ana Diezcanseco is a senior with a major in Communications. She recently has joined UCTV, and hopes on pursuing a career as a anchor/reporter one day. She is Peruvian with Italian and German descent. Ana has recently traveled to Ghana, currently working on a project designed to help regional students travel abroad. She hopes to graduate soon, and join The Connecticut School of Broadcasting.

Jacob Finlan is a Junior at the University of Connecticut. He is currently in the ACES Program, but is very interested in studying Sociology. He works at a local grocery store, and spends the majority of his free time working on his car, or the cars belonging to his friends. Jacob is German and Irish, but is interested in cultures from all over the world.

Elizabeth Fletcher is a senior at the University of Connecticut graduating in May. She studies Human Development and Family Studies as her major and her two minors are Spanish and Latino Studies. She plans to either attend graduate school and earn a masters degree in Social Work or find a job working for a nonprofit organization to help children and families. She currently works as a research assistant at The Rohner Center.

Misharo Fraser is a sophomore at UConn and is currently studying Biology on the pre-med track. Her dreams are to work with doctors across borders or the peace corpse and assist in helping people in the predominant Latino and Spanish communities.  Her plan is to minor in PRLS and international relations.  She is currently juggling three jobs one of which includes being an RA and is an extremely busy and dedicated student.

Gresenia Gil Suarez is a Senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Animal Science. She was born to parents from the Dominican Republic and lived there for a significant portion of her childhood. She is very passionate about her culture and lives her life through the customs and traditions her mother instilled in her. She has a profound love for animals and is a licensed trainer at a facility that trains dogs for people with disabilities (ECAD). On campus she works at the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. She hopes to attain her Masters and attend Vet school. Until then she plans on taking a year off to work, and volunteer.

Ally Green is a senior at UCONN majoring in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies.  She transferred to UCONN in the fall of 2010 from The Catholic University of America in Washington DC.  Currently, Ally works on campus for Residential Life as a student maintenance worker.  She is interested in pursuing a career/education in public health and plans to live in Providence, Rhode Island upon graduation in May.

Brichelle Guerrero she is a senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Women, Gender and Sexualities Studies and minoring in Human Rights, and Sociology.  She is Dominican from Massachusetts. Brichelle loves culture, and have a passion for servicing her community. She hopes to attain her master’s in public health/ global medicine .However, in the mean time she plans to join a fellowship program in NYC that provides services to under privileged communities after she graduates this upcoming May.

Brimar Guerrero is a Senior at the University of Connecticut, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Women’s Studies. She is from the Dominican Republic and is the middle child of three sisters. Ultimately, Bri plans on getting into Law School in order to achieve her dreams of becoming a Criminal Prosecutor. But in the mean time she plans to join  the Teach For America Corps after she graduates this upcoming May.

Britaney Guzman is a junior at the University of Connecticut, currently majoring in Women, Gender and Sexualities Studies and minoring in Sociology. She is currently an intern at the Women’s Center of Southeastern Connecticut which focuses on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. In the future Britaney would like to attend the University of Connecticut School of Social Work in order to work in the social services area. Britaney works at Six Flags New England as a Rides Supervisor, so if you go this summer be sure to say hello!

Ashton Haga is a senior at the University of Connecticut, currently majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. She currently commutes back and forth from Connecticut (for school) to New Jersey. She lives in New Jersey with her boyfriend, Tom, dog, Martin, and cat, Jo. In the future, Ashton would like to get her master’s degree and pursue a career in counseling or teaching. Eventually, Ashton would like to move to beautiful Colorado.

Amy Hahm is a graduating senior at the University of Connecticut. She is a Korean-American who is interested in social and cultural issues. She is a part of Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, a cultural sorority, striving to spread cultural awareness. She loves learning about different cultures and is excited to learn more about the latino culture from this class.

Lima James is a Senior at UCONN, with a major in Spanish and minors in Latino Studies and International Studies. She wants to learn many languages such as Hindi, Italian and Chinese. Lima loves the Spanish language and culture and would like to pursue her Master’s in Education. She was born in India and moved to the United States when she was 8 years old. Lima has recently traveled to Granada, Spain on a study abroad trip, as well as visit other European countries. She loves traveling and trying new things all the time.

Rachel Korb is a sophomore Spanish major. She is hoping to double major in either Psychology or Communications. She has lived in the same house for her whole life in Brookfield, CT and still lives in Connecticut on campus here at UConn. After visiting the Cayman Islands to dive over vacation, she realized she wanted to continue traveling. She is applying to study abroad in Granada next fall. Rachel played volleyball in high school and she stays involved by playing intramural on campus and coaching at home during the summers. Her favorite thing to do on campus is teach group fitness classes at Bodywise.

Katie Lakotko is a sophomore at UConn in the ACES program thinking about majoring in Nutritional Science.  She is on the UConn Kickline Team as well as the UConn Dance Company. She is also in a modern dance company located in Hartford, CT, DancEnlight.  And often dances for DFX Entertainment at Mohegan Sun. She loves to dance more than anything and cannot wait to get certified and start teaching ZUMBA this summer!

Katheryn Maldonado is a freshman at the University of Connecticut and is currently majoring in Political Science. She works at the institute for Puerto Rican and Latino Studies here on campus. She is currently working with a professor on campus assisting him with legal research as well. As a proud Dominican she is interested in doing legal and immigration work for her people, as well as other Latinos in the future. She is involved in various activities on Campus. Katheryn aspires to be an active role model here at the University of Connecticut. She is extremely excited to see what is in store for her in the years to come.

Luis Muñiz is a junior and recently changed majors to sociology at the University of Connecticut. I am from Yonkers, NY and hope to become a police officer in the near future. I am apart of the Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity on campus. I love NY sports, tv shows and having a good time. Lets Go Giants

Patrick Murphy second year student. Im a history major, hoping to go to law school. My interests include videogames, karate and animals.

Jean-Claude Nicolas Jr. is a graduating senior at UConn with a minor in Women’s Studies. He received his associates at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich CT, graduating Suma Cum Laude. After graduation, Jean-Claude aspires to get his Masters from the Uconn School of Social Work. As an eight year Gulf War veteran who served in the U.S Navy, his heart goes out to military personnel who come home from war and have difficulties re-integrating back into their families and society. Jean-Claude is currently divorced with three children: ages 19, 18, 17. His 19 year old daughter is married and will be delivering her first son in February 2012. His 18 year old son will be leaving for the U.S Army basic training this same month as well. His 17 year old son graduates High School this June and also leaves for the U.S Army basic training in July 2012. Jean-Claude Nicolas Jr. is Haitian. Both his parents were born in Haiti but moved to Boston, Ma. in 1970, where he was born that year. He comes from a large family. On his mother’s side, she has 7 siblings. On his father’s side, he has 6 siblings. Jean-Claude has 8 sisters and 3 brothers. He is number 6 in the kitty litter. Several factors has influenced his decision to become a social worker. Growing up poor seeing many social disparities has affected his career choice, as did having numerous sisters, cousins and other family members. Witnessing domestic violence within his family also caused his choosing in the social work field.

Jael Olivares is a junior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Business.  Jael’s mother is from El Salvador and her father is from Puerto Rico. She is fluent in Spanish and knows basic Chinese. Enjoys learning about other cultures and  has a passion for traveling. Also, a proud Hermana of Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Incorporated.

Edward Ortega is a junior at the University of Connecticut with a major in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration on at-risk youth and a minor in Latino Studies.  Edward is Puerto Rican, born and raised in “El Pueblo,” the downtown area and the administrative center of the city of Gurabo.  Edward hopes that one day he can apply his experiences and education in his pursuit to guide the youth of tomorrow through social services.  He plans to graduate in 2014, and hopefully continue his studies at the University of Connecticut’s School of Social Work

Dipali Patel  is a second semester junior at the University of Connecticut. She just recently switched her major from biology to english! She aspires to be a high school english teacher and loves to read, dance and sing in her spare time!

Carlos Perez is a brother of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc., a senior at uconn & an IT Manager in Hartford, CT.

Janice Perez is a second semester junior at the University of Connecticut with a major in Human Development and Family Studies with a concentration on childhood through adolescence and a minor in Business. She was born in Santurce, Puerto Rico and lived there for four years until her family moved to Connecticut. Janice currently works two jobs and is a full-time student. She plans to graduate in May of 2013 and continue her studies in law school.

Elise Prairie is a senior marketing major at UConn. She has interned at various marketing agencies, spending two semesters at Connecticut’s largest marketing agency, Cronin and Company. She aspires to live in a fast paced city and work as a marketing executive following graduation in May. In the mean time she loves to dance, oil paint, and write.

Jessica Raugitinane is a junior, majoring in Spanish, English, and Elementary Education, and minoring in Latino Studies. Jessica is from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area in Alexandria, Virginia. The movie Remember the Titans is about her high school. Jessica’s father is from Thailand and her mother is from El Salvador, influencing her passion for travel, cultures, languages, and helping underrepresented groups. She aspires to teach in an urban area, where she can positively influence students of color, especially the Latino population. Jessica also wants to improve her Spanish-speaking skills in order to be a qualified bilingual educator. So if anyone wants to randomly speak to her in Spanish to help her practice, she will be nervous at first but extremely grateful for your help! : )

Christopher Richard is a sixth semester Junior at the University of Connecticut. Originally from New Hampshire, he has spent his whole life living in New England. He currently studies Psychology with a focus in Cognition and Women, Gender, and Sexuality. His desire to break social norms and confining stereotypes has nothing to do with his great passion for knitting. This hobby of his meshes well with the UConn’s Health Education Center’s Knitting Club. He will graduate in Spring of 2014.

Julio Rodriguez is a Junior Animal Science Major at UConn. He is a member of the UConn Capoeira Club, and B.A.I.L.E. He enjoys playing video games, mostly RPGs, hiking, swimming and reading books on his Kindle. Aspires to one day be an Equine Massage Therapist and/or Dog Trainer. Definitely wants to live somewhere with a lot of farmland and woods. Can’t wait for the summer so he can finally be free to get his license.

Natasha Rodriguez is a senior with a major in Biological Sciences and a minor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Her Dominican parents have always stressed the value of education and giving back. She plans on utilizing her bilingualism and love of volunteering to benefit the Latino community after medical school. Until then, she plans on taking a year off to work, travel, and volunteer.

Alysha Russell is a graduating senior, majoring in English with the hopes of becoming a teacher in the near future.  She is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and spends much of her time civically engaging with those in need.  She loves to travel, bake and spend time with family and friends.  On campus, she is an RA and active in her college community.

Bethany Sullivan is a junior Latin American Studies major at the University of Connecticut. She loves Latin American culture and speaks Spanish. She loves to read, write, and sing in Rubyfruit, one of UConn’s eight a cappella groups. She is originally from Vermont but she loves to travel.

Lauren Todd transferred to the University of Connecticut this past fall as a Junior. She is a Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major with a minor in Spanish. She is interested in different cultures, traveling, and politics. She also works as a server at Olive Garden. She is a proud member of the LGBT community and will be going on a gender & sexuality volunteering trip this spring break. In the future she hopes to work with a non-profit organization and eventually teach.

Francisco Torres is a senior at the University of Connecticut. He is a double major in History and English. He is fluent in spanish, but even more important than that, he can dance salsa and he does fine with it.

Chris Velez Is a sixth semester junior at the University of Connecticut. Who transferred from his hometown campus in Waterbury, CT. Currently he is a Horticulture major with a minor in Landscape Design. In his spare time he enjoys playing the guitar. A fun fact about Chris is that he is half Puerto Rican and he visits his family in Arecibo, Puerto Rico at least once a year.

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