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Non-Traditional Dominican Migration and its Effects on Foreign Affairs, Gender Norms and Race Relations: Migration to Madrid, Spain in Comparison to the United States

By: Janil Tejada '15
Faculty Adviser: Leo Garofalo


Student profile

Taryn Kitchen Taryn Kitchen

Latin American studies, education

Q: Why Connecticut College?
A: Connecticut College hit all of my major qualifications: small, liberal arts, highly selective, residential. But what really got me hooked on Conn was the people. Visiting campus, everyone was so friendly, so interesting and so passionate about what they were studying and doing. I knew these were people I wanted to be surrounded by in college.

Q: Why Latin American studies?
A: One of my main college goals is to become functionally fluent in Spanish, and the Latin American studies major allows me to develop my fluency while learning about many topics relevant to Latin America and Latinos in the U.S. The major is interdisciplinary, so I can include classes offered in other departments to really get a dynamic understanding of the history, politics and social realities of the Spanish-speaking community.

Q: Favorite class?
A: Hands down the best class I have taken is “Proyecto Comunidad.” This class really connected us with the New London community and got us working hands-on with real people. We spent class periods traveling around the city, meeting with and interviewing various members of the Latino community – teachers, lawyers, priests, even the mayor – and completed a semester-long internship and research project with a community organization.

Q: Did you study abroad?
A: I completed a summer study abroad experience in Cuba. Cuba is a fascinating place to study, as its history and people present a very different way of viewing the world, and the opportunity to learn with Cubans is still very rare, with political tensions between our two nations as they are.

Selected courses

  • Advanced Grammar and Composition
  • Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Spanish America
  • Latin America in Film
  • Meditations on History, Arts and Politics in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Religion and Violence in Latin America
  • Growing up in Latin America: The Bildungsroman in Latin American Narrative
  • Literature of the Hispanic Caribbean


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