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Alan Arroyo-Chávez

Born in Redwood City, CA y con raíces en los estados de Veracruz, Jalisco y Michoacán, México,Alan has navigated the differences between both countries and cultures throughout his life while adapting his own identities to the nuances of each place he has considered home. He graduated from Stanford University in the spring of 2019 with a degree in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. Alan’s passion for the Latin American community has inspired him to study abroad in Spain to understand the similarities and differences between Spain and Latin America along with the presence of Latin American immigrants in the country that colonized the region. In 2018 he returned to Madrid to intern with Kifkif, an organization that provides resources and support to Queer Latin American immigrants in the city. Most recently he has interned with the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre’s Colombia Programme, expanding his knowledge about human rights in relation to businesses, the armed conflict and the communities affected in the region. Through the MA Latin American Studies program, he hopes to expand his knowledge over the history and politics of Latin American nations other than Mexico, and he hopes to continue learning about the conflict in Colombia affected ethnic communities and sexual minorities in the region. In the future, Alan hopes to continue the work that he has done with organizations like the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre or Kifkif in order to give a voice to or provide resources for communities that need them.

In his free time, Alan likes to watch television or movies, draw or sketch, listen to music, and spend time with his loved ones.

Advisor:  Professor Michael Rosenfeld

Eda Benites Nieto

Eda was born on occupied Tongva land (Orange, CA) and has roots in occupied Pame/Chichimeco Jonaz (San Luis Potosí, México) and Tallán/Yungas/Vicús (Piura, Perú) lands. She graduated from Stanford University in 2019 with a degree in Anthropology with a focus on Medical Anthropology and minors in both Spanish and Biology. They also have a strong background in bioengineering and interest in visual arts. Her interests have led her to a variety of different positions, including a curatorial internship at MACLA in downtown San José, research at the Peay Lab in ecology at Stanford, and staffing El Centro Chicano y Latino at Stanford. In their undergrad, they also had the opportunity to study abroad in Santiago, Chile and Cuzco, Perú. In Santiago, she spent time studying artistic expression and popular culture changes in Latin America. While in Cuzco, she had the wonderful opportunity to begin her personal dream of learning Quechua.

In collaboration with the CLAS department, they have helped lead weekly Quechua seminars for the Bay Area community and hope to continue this during their experience in the Master’s program. In her final year at Stanford, she hopes to continue to learn about herself and her communities. Through the CLAS program, Eda is looking forward to developing a better understanding of Latin American history and politics.

Advisor:  Professor Bridget F.B. Algee-Hewitt

Jessica Cordiglia

Born and raised in Lima-Perú, Jessica moved to the Bay Area as a teenager.  This early age exposure to different cultures fueled her two personal and professional interests: languages and cultures. Jessica holds a Master’s degree in Spanish with emphasis in Latin American Literature San Francisco State University, and she graduated with honors with a BA in Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies from SJSU.  During this time Jessica developed a fascination by the complexity and idiosyncrasies of language structures. During graduate school, she worked at San Francisco State teaching Spanish where she ultimately found her passion: understanding the processes of learning and teaching languages.

With the clear objective of developing an engaging program that will inspire students to love the process of learning Spanish and Latin American history, traditions and customs, Jessica founded SpanishAid, where she serves private corporations, public and private schools, and homeschoolers.  Her ultimate goal is to build global citizens that understand and value the diversity of languages and cultures. She is constantly working on improving language teaching methodologies, developing curriculum and improving cross-cultural communication.

Her research interest center on language teaching methodologies, language variation, discourse analysis, and sociolinguistics as it relates to second language learning and teaching. She is also passionate about bringing awareness to the invisibility of indigenous people in modern societies, revitalizing endangered languages and communities, and developing strategies to promote the studies of less commonly taught languages.   At Stanford, she is particularly excited to be learning Quechua.

Advisor:  Professor Guillermo Solano-Flores


Jessica Magallón

Born and raised in the agricultural Coachella Valley in Southern California, a predominantly Latin American and immigrant community, Jessica has always felt close to her Mexican roots. In an effort to expand her knowledge on Latin America and the complex histories that encompass it, Jessica earned her B.A. in Iberian and Latin American Cultures from Stanford University. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Madrid where she gained a unique perspective on the rise and fall of the Spanish colonial empire and its impact on Latin America. During her undergraduate career, Jessica also grew fascinated by the Portuguese language and by Brazil itself. She had the wonderful opportunity to intern at Fundação Roberto Marinho’s Canal Futura, a leading national television channel focused on making education attainable and spreading knowledge to the general Brazilian population, in Rio de Janeiro. There she was finally able to experience first-hand the intense beauty of Brazil, its culture, and its people had to offer. Upon returning to Stanford, Jessica decided to help other students learn the beauty and wonders that Brazil and the Portuguese language could offer them by becoming a language conversation partner and supporting their language acquisition. She plans to continue supporting lower-level Portuguese students, while she sets out to acquire a higher level of Portuguese herself.

As an M.A. student in the CLAS program, Jessica hopes to deepen her knowledge of her two main passions, Mexico and Brazil, using them as the focus of her studies and research, potentially looking at how these national identities compare when interacting with gender and skin tone in the creation and perpetuation of discrimination.

In her free time, Jessica enjoys watching movies (especially true crime documentaries), going on boba runs, and being active.

Advisor:  Professor Alberto Díaz-Cayeros

Elizabeth Prosser

Elizabeth Prosser graduated from Davidson College in 2018 with a BA in Hispanic Studies and a minor in French and Francophone Studies. While at Davidson, most of her service and work experience involved education and languages. She taught Spanish at the local elementary school, volunteered at West Charlotte High School, and taught at the East Harlem School in New York City. She also worked as Spanish and French language teaching assistant and a trip leader with the outdoors program. Elizabeth spent her junior year studying abroad in Arequipa, Peru and Tours, France. After returning from abroad, she wrote her honors thesis on Latina farmworkers in the United States, detailing the human rights violations they face through the oral histories she gathered.

This past year, Elizabeth served as a Princeton in Latin America Fellow at Yspaniola, an education nonprofit located in the Dominican Republic.  At Yspaniola, she worked as part of the administrative team and engaged with the local community of Haitian immigrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent.

While at Stanford, Elizabeth plans to write her thesis on Asian populations that have immigrated to Latin America. She began studying Portuguese this year and hopes to improve her language skills through her FLAS Fellowship. After graduating, she will move back to Latin America or work at a nonprofit that works with Latinx and Spanish-speaking populations. In her free time, Elizabeth likes to cook, sing, and go hiking.

Advisor: Professor Asad L. Asad