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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

©2017-2019 by Gabriela Cecilia Zapata. 

Creative Team

Creator and director of the OER Initiative. Principal investigator. 

Faculty Director

Dr. GABRIELA C. ZAPATA

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.

Student Leader

ALESSANDRA RIBOTA

Zaida Fabiola Aguilar Ramos 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.

Graduate Student Collaborator 

ZAIDA AGUILAR

Marlenie is a senior at Texas A&M University. She was born in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico, and lived in Michigan and Colorado before completing her high school career in the Rio Grande Valley. She is a Communication major with a minor in Spanish. 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.

Student Collaborator 

MARLENIE ARZAMENDI

Allison is a junior 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.

Student Collaborator 

ALLISON BEATTY

Amy is a senior at Texas A&M University. She is from San Antonio, TX. Amy is a Biology major with a double minor in Spanish and Psychology, and she  has a strong passion for science as well as Hispanic studies. She is also part of the American Medical Student Association and the Hispanic Studies Association , where she works as a mentor, and she volunteers at the College Station Medical Center. Amy aspires to enter medical school and become a cardiologist.

Student Collaborator

AMY BERISTAIN

Bailey graduated from Texas A&M University in May 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.

Student Collaborator

BAILEY BUCHANAN

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

Student Collaborator

KARINA CABRERA

Carolina is a senior at Texas A&M University from Fort Worth, Texas. She was born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, México and Spanish is her first language. She is a double major in Spanish and Sociology with a minor in Latinx and Mexican American Studies, and a certificate in diversity. She is actively involved in the Catholic Student Association, and she is the current president of the Bilingual Education Student Organization and the founder of the Bilingual Education Student Outreach Society, an honor society for aspiring bilingual educators. She has been an Aggie Research Scholar for a year now and plans to continue her research pursuits for the rest of her career. She is passionate about pedagogy and aspires to become an educator.

Student Collaborator

CAROLINA CANTU

Aimar Diaz is a junior 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 Insitute 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. 

Student Collaborator

AIMAR DIAZ

Leanee Díaz Sardiñas 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.

Graduate Student Collaborator

LEANEE DIAZ SARDINAS

Efrain graduated from Texas A&M University in May 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.

Student Collaborator

EFRAIN HERNANDEZ

Amy King 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.

Graduate Student Collaborator

AMY KING

Eileen is a sophomore 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. 

Student Collaborator

EILEEN LYNCH

Dylan is a junior 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.

Student Collaborator

DYLAN MANSHACK

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

Student Collaborator

VERONICA MARTINEZ

Rachael is a senior Political Science major with a Spanish minor from Edmond, Oklahoma. Upon graduation, she plans to pursue a Master’s degree in public administration and policy. Rachael hopes to then have a career in public service.

Student Collaborator

RACHAEL MCBRIDE

Damián Robles 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). 

Graduate Student Collaborator

DAMIAN ROBLES

Jocelyn is a senior at Texas A&M University from Dallas, TX. She is studying International Studies with a concentration in commerce, and she is minoring in Spanish. She has a strong passion for traveling and speaks 3 languages--Spanish, English, and Mandarin. She is also a mentor for first generation college students through the Reagent's Scholarship. After graduation she is hoping to serve in the Peace Corps. 

Student Collaborator

JOCELYN RODRIGUEZ

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.

Graduate Student Collaborator

JULIA SAINZ

Mariana Salazar 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.

Student Collaborator

MARIANA SALAZAR

Paloma Serrano Viñuelas 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.

Graduate Student Collaborator

PALOMA SERRANO VINUELAS

Paola is a freshman 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.

Student Collaborator

PAOLA SPARAGANA

Faith is a senior at Texas A&M University from Georgetown, TX. Her job as a Bilingual Elementary Tutor has inspired her to continue working in the Education field. Once she graduates, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in International Affairs specializing in Education. Overall, Faith hopes to impact the curriculum of Foreign Languages.

Student Collaborator

FAITH VILLARREAL

Juan Carlos Zapata 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.

Illustrator

JUAN CARLOS ZAPATA