Sandra Ortiz-València
Spanish and Portuguese Lead
Lead Graduate Fellow 2021-22

Sandra is a PhD student form the Spanish and Portuguese Department. Her career as a SLA teacher began in Barcelona and continued in the US, where she pursued two MA programs (in Humanities and Spanish) and worked as a TA and GPTI in different institutions, in particular Hood College (Maryland), University of Wyoming (WY). Her academic interests revolve around how cultural productions shape identity and ideology, and she is currently working on her thesis project, which investigates what narratives of race prevailed in twentieth-century Spain. Sandra's teaching combines language instruction with developing students' critical-thinking and self-reflection. She understands the class as a safe space in which dialogue, empathy and acknowledging difference are key. Teaching is not only learning the conjugations of Spanish verbs! It is also recognizing and appreciating cultural diversity!