Perla Miranda, Academic and Student Services Perla received her B.A. in Politics and Latin American and Latino Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and her M.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests are in indigenous language revitalization, with a particular focus on Valley Zapotec from Oaxaca, Mexico. Before joining CLAS, Perla has been program manager at the Santa Cruz headquarters of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, graduate program coordinator for the sociology department at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and graduate program coordinator for the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. In all these roles, she has used her own experience as a first-generation college graduate to help students navigate academic systems and advise a diverse student population. Currently, she is developing a Zapotec Master-Apprentice Language Learning plan in her hometown of San José, California. In her free time, Perla enjoys watching movies, going to concerts and music festivals, traveling, and playing rummikub.