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Email: gzapata@tamu.edu

Department of Hispanic Studies
Texas A&M University
219 Academic Bldg., MS 4238
College Station, TX 77843-4238

©2017-2020 by Gabriela Cecilia Zapata. 

Creative Team

Dr. GABRIELA C. ZAPATA

Faculty Director

Creator and director of the Trayectos Initiative. Principal author and investigator. 

ALESSANDRA RIBOTA

Student Leader

Alessandra is a doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. She holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, and has experience as a Spanish high school teacher. Her research interests are second language acquisition and pedagogy and teacher education.

ZAIDA AGUILAR

Graduate Student Collaborator 

Zaida is a doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. She is originally from Coahuila, Mexico. Zaida holds two Master’s degrees: The first one, in Interdisciplinary Studies with a specialization in Education, Latin-American Studies, and Spanish, and the second one, in Hispanic Studies. She is a member of Sigma Delta Phi Sociedad Nacional Honoraria Hispánica and SCOLAS. Her research focuses on the identity and evolution of women during the Mexican Revolution, the female presence in Mexican corridos, and the literary contribution of the Chinese-Mexican community in Mexico in the 20th century.

MARLENIE ARZAMENDI

Student Collaborator 

Marlenie graduated from Texas A&M University in 2018 with a Communications degree and  a minor in Spanish. She was born in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, and lived in Michigan and Colorado before completing her high school career in the Rio Grande Valley. Marlenie’s main interest is film, and she plans to combine her passions for video creation and the Spanish language to develop new educative strategies for dual-immersion curricula.

ALLISON BEATTY

Student Collaborator 

Allison is a senior majoring in Journalism Studies at Texas A&M University. She was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. Allison is also minoring in Art and Spanish. After graduating, she hopes to pursue a career that utilizes the skills she gained working on Trayectos.

AMY BERISTAIN

Student Collaborator

Amy graduated from Texas A&M University in 2019 with a degree in Biology and minors in Spanish and Psychology. She is from San Antonio, Texas, and she has a strong passion for science as well as Hispanic studies. While she was a student at A&M, she was part of the American Medical Student Association and the Hispanic Studies Association, where she worked as a mentor and volunteered at College Station Medical Center. Amy is now a medical school student, and wants to specialize in cardiology.

RILEY BROWN

Student Collaborator

Riley is a senior Nutritional Sciences Honors student with a minor in Spanish at Texas A&M University. She was born and raised in College Station, Texas. Riley participated in two veterinary medical mission trips to Central America where she fell in love with international service while witnessing the importance of bilingualism in the field of veterinary medicine. Following graduation she will be attending veterinary school and is specifically interested in small ruminant medicine, nutrition, and international veterinary medicine. 

BAILEY BUCHANAN

Student Collaborator

Bailey graduated from Texas A&M University in 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Spanish. She now teaches bilingual education at an elementary school in San Antonio as part of the Teach for America program. After this fellowship, she hopes to attend graduate school to further study and research L2 acquisition.

KARINA CABRERA

Student Collaborator

Karina was a first-generation student at Texas A&M University. She graduated in 2019 with a degree in University Studies: Society, Ethics, & Law and minors in Philosophy and Neuroscience. She was born in Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico and was raised in San Antonio, Texas. Karina plans to pursue a career as an International Human Rights Lawyer, and practice across Latin America.

CAROLINA CANTU

Student Collaborator

Carolina graduated from Texas A&M University in 2019 with degrees in Spanish and Sociology, a minor in Latinx and Mexican American Studies, and a certificate in diversity. She grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, but she was born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, México. While she was a student at A&M, she was actively involved in the Catholic Student Association, and she was president of the Bilingual Education Student Organization and the founder of the Bilingual Education Student Outreach Society, an honors society for aspiring bilingual educators. Carolina is passionate about pedagogy and aspires to become an educator.

AIMAR DIAZ

Student Collaborator

Aimar is a senior International Studies (Politics and Diplomacy track) and Spanish double major with a minor in Latino/a and Mexican-American Studies. She is originally from Punto Fijo, Venezuela. Her family moved to Katy, Texas when she was 15 years old. At Texas A&M, she has participated in multiple organizations including MSC FLI (Freshmen Leadership International), The Council for Minority Student Affairs (CMSA) and the LT Jordans Institute Intern Living Abroad Program (ILAP). These organizations have helped her use her translation, outreach, creativity, and event coordination skills to effect change in the community. After graduating, she hopes to work for a human rights organization and to one day be able to return to her home country of Venezuela. 

LEANEE DIAZ SARDINAS

Graduate Student Collaborator

Leanee is a doctoral student in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. She specializes in the relationship between literature and cinema and nationalism and identity in Latin America. Leanee is philologist by profession. She began her undergraduate studies at the University of Havana, Cuba, and continued her professional development in Spain, where she earned a PhD in North American Studies from the University of Alcalá.

EFRAIN HERNANDEZ

Student Collaborator

Efrain graduated from Texas A&M University in 2018. He is from from Killeen, Texas. Efrain was born in Puerto Rico and moved to Texas to have better life opportunities. He is now working toward a masters in Curriculum and Instruction at Texas A&M. He has represented the University in many ways. However, his greatest success has been in Track and Field, where he has made a name for himself and the university. He aspires to be an Athletic Director at higher education institution.

AMY KING

Graduate Student Collaborator

Amy is a doctoral student in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University, where she serves as a graduate teaching assistant for Lower Division Spanish Instruction. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Latin American Studies as well as a Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies from Stephen F. Austin State University. Her research interests include Latin American and Spanish literature, specifically the comparison of the popular mythification of political and revolutionary figures in different works.

EILEEN LYNCH

Student Collaborator

Eileen is a junior Communication major and Spanish minor from Katy, Texas. She was born in Houston to a Panamanian mother and a British father, and she is a firm believer in the benefits of bilingualism. Eileen is passionate about the development of high-quality educational materials and ensuring access to education. Upon graduation from Texas A&M, she aspires to attend graduate school and become a children's book publisher. 

DYLAN MANSHACK

Student Collaborator

Dylan is a senior at Texas A&M University from Elysian Fields, Texas. He is a double major in Economics and Spanish. He is currently an Executive for the Conference on Student Government Associations (COSGA), which aims to bring students from all over the world to discuss Student Government, campus issues, and current events. His career goals include working for the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs and eventually becoming a professor after a long and impactful career in economic development.

VERONICA MARTINEZ

Student Collaborator

Veronica graduated from Texas A&M University in 2019 with a degree in Spanish and a double minor in Psychology and Latino/a and Mexican-American Studies. She was born and raised in Limón de la Peña, Jalpan de Serra, Querétaro, México, and moved to Fort Worth, Texas, when she was 14 years old. Veronica was one of the founders and secretary of the Hermandad de Sigma Iota Alpha, Inc., an organization that works towards the empowerment of latina women. She aspires to become an educator.

RACHAEL MCBRIDE

Student Collaborator

Rachael graduated from Texas A&M University in 2019 with a degree in Political Science and a Spanish minor. She is from Edmond, Oklahoma. At present, she is pursuing a Master’s degree in public administration and policy. Rachael hopes to have a career in public service.

ANDREA MIRANDA-PAEZ

Student Collaborator

Andrea is a junior Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences major and Spanish minor at Texas A&M University. She was born in Monterrey, Mexico, and was raised in Laredo, Texas. Andrea has a strong passion for conservation biology and plans to go to graduate school. Upon completing graduate school, she hopes to work with the Texas Parks and Wildlife or the US Fish and Wildlife Department with conservation programs.

ANDRES RIOS

Student Collaborator

Andres is a junior at Texas A&M University. He was born and raised in Rio Hondo, Texas. He graduated from Rio Hondo High School and came to Texas A&M to study Biomedical Sciences. Andres also has a minor in Spanish. He has a strong passion for medicine, and he hopes to pursue medical school after graduation to become an anesthesiologist. 

DAMIAN ROBLES

Graduate Student Collaborator

Damián is a doctoral student in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. His area of specialization is Early Modern Spanish/English pragmatics. His research interests include comparative pragmatics, politeness, Cervantes, and language contact. His dissertation focuses on historical politeness in the first English translations of Don Quixote (1607-1620). He has two co-authored manuscripts: The first one examines code-mixing in Texan popular music (2018), and the second one focuses on Spanish loanwords in technology and fashion (forthcoming). 

JOCELYN RODRIGUEZ

Student Collaborator

Jocelyn graduated from Texas A&M University in 2019 with a degree in International Studies and a minor in Spanish. She is from Dallas, Texas. She has a strong passion for traveling and speaks 3 languages--Spanish, English, and Mandarin. While she was a student at A&M, she was a mentor for first-generation college students through the Reagent's Scholarship. 

JULIA SAINZ

Graduate Student Collaborator

Julia is a doctoral student and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. She is originally from Guadalajara, México. Julia has experience creating curriculum for lower level Spanish classes, AP Spanish classes, and professional development workshops for teachers at the high school level. Her research focuses on psycholinguistics, heritage speakers, second language acquisition, and curriculum development.

MARIANA SALAZAR

Student Collaborator

Mariana graduated from Texas A&M University in December 2017. She is from Houston, Texas. Mariana was a double major in Spanish and International Studies with a minor in Hispanic Studies for Community Engagement. Mariana is currently working  as a Spanish I and II teacher at YES Prep East End in Houston.

PALOMA SERRANO VINUELAS

Graduate Student Collaborator

Paloma is a PhD student and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Texas A&M University. She holds an M.A. in Spanish Literature, Language, and History from the Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca and an M.A. in Ancient Mediterranean History with a focus on Ancient Egyptian Literature and Culture from the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona, Universidad de Alcalá, and Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Her research interests are second and heritage language acquisition and processing.

PAOLA SPARAGANA

Student Collaborator

Paola is a sophomore at Texas A&M University from Plano, TX. She is a Psychology major with a Bachelor’s of Science and plans to minor in Neuroscience. Paola has a strong passion for science and aspires to attend medical school to become a perinatologist. She is an active member of the sorority Kappa Kappa Gamma and dedicates her time serving the Reading is Fundamental Organization. She passes her free time by playing competitive intramural volleyball through Texas A&M. Paola plans to continue to develop her research skills throughout her next three years at Texas A&M.

FAITH VILLARREAL

Student Collaborator

Faith graduate from Texas A&M University in 2019. She is from Georgetown, Texas. Her job as a Bilingual Elementary Tutor inspired her to continue working in Education. Overall, Faith hopes to impact the curriculum of Foreign Languages.

JUAN CARLOS ZAPATA

Illustrator

Juan Carlos is a retired technical illustrator from Rosario, Argentina. He worked for more than twenty years for METCON (part of Ford Argentina). He donated his services to the initiative, designing all the prototypes for the icons to be used in the OER textbook.