Program of study: PhD in Education Policy
Expected graduation date: Spring 2025
Hometown: San Juan de Lurigancho, Lima, Peru
Favorite spots on campus: Cathedral of Learning because I like to visit different nationality rooms there and it is a good place to study on weekends (in the main room). Third floor at Hilman Library: great spots to read and have study groups. Global Posvar Hall: great place to participate in events (languages events, specially).
Favorite professors: My favorite professors are Dr. Shanyce Campbell, Dr. Eleanor Anderson, Dr. Hayley Weddle, and Dr. Alana DeLoge. They have provided me with critical frameworks, new perspectives, feedback and international examples to fight back against the status quo in research, education, politics and life.
Favorite thing about Pittsburgh: I live in Oakland. So, I can walk to campus for my classes, meetings or have coffee with people. Downtown is close, other places are easy to go to by bicycle or bus. On other days I can have bubble tea, sushi, or tacos at Las Palmas. I love going out and find simple and different options or change your mind according to your budget, energies or mood: “Today I feel like I want Mexican tacos de tripa (gut tacos).”
Post-graduate career plans: I want to go back to Peru and I want to have the opportunity to work in an international organization such as UNESCO or United Nations, especially in project that involve qualitative research and policymaking regarding education in Latin American countries. My long-term goal is to create a non-profit organization or research center that implements applied research projects to guide education policy toward models that become more participatory, critically questioning, place-based, and transformative at local and national levels in San Juan de Lurigancho (Lima, Peru) and beyond.
“Since I first learned about the School of Education, I have loved how it embraces social justice and its commitment to make the world a better place for everyone. Since the first time I interacted with people, I felt very welcomed and well-treated by professors and other staff members. I saw how the social relationships between students, professors, and other staff members were based on horizontality and kindness. My studies at the Pitt School of Education provided me with academic tools and the ability to be sensitive to new realities to understand intercultural awareness.”