Connecting to LATAM 2017
Informational event about opportunities and experiences that connect Duke to Latin America. Consisting of an informal panel with professors, graduate students and undergrads that have worked on projects and curriculum related to Latin America. A short networking session will follow to give students a chance to reach out to people with experience in the field.
David Boyd (P.H.D, Duke Global Health Institute)
Dr. Boyd is Professor of the Practice of Global Health at the Institute. He is an expert in global health, cross-cultural medicine, and indigenous health issues. He is also Director of the Student Research Training Program in Guatemala. Before joining Duke, Dr. Boyd was the Associate Director of the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University and taught courses in global health, public health, and social medicine. He was also the founding executive director of the Center for Health and Healing at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles. Trained in traditional Chinese medicine at the Pacific Institute of Oriental Medicine in New York, Dr. Boyd also holds a BA from the University of Alabama in Birmingham, a PhD in medieval studies from Yale University and has completed postgraduate clinical training in China. He has traveled, worked, and researched in over 60 different countries.
Bethzaida Fernandez (Department of Romance Studies)
Bethzaida Fernandez teaches all levels of Spanish with an emphasis on intermediate and advance level courses with core content on health and Latino/a immigration issues. Her interests include second-language teaching and learning methodologies, technology in the second language classroom, community-based and service-learning pedagogies, intercultural competence development, Latino/a immigration and global health. She directs the Duke in Costa Rica summer abroad program and coordinates the Intermediate Spanish Language Program.
Ruxandra Popovoci (Graduate Student with the Nicolas School)
Ruxandra Popovici obtained her PhD in Environment at the Nicholas School of the Environment, and has recently returned to Duke as a post-doctorate. During her time at Duke, Ruxandra has done extensive research on Mexican communities that participate in the government’s Payments for Ecosystem Services programs. When returning from the field, she still felt committed to the communities she visited, and developed a Desarrolla project to address the needs of environmentally sustainable businesses that stemmed from the government’s cash transfer program.
Lola Sanchez-Carrion (Undergraduate Student)
Lola Sanchez-Carrion is from Lima, Peru and she is a Junior at Duke University. She is majoring in International Comparative Studies, with a Global Health Minor. Throughout her career at Duke, she has immersed herself with extracurriculars relating to journalism, photography, and documentaries. She writes for The Bridge, an online platform for black and latina women. Last summer, she did a storytelling project through Duke’s Kenan institute in Cuba and Peru. She travelled for eight weeks interviewing people of all backgrounds to experiment how we use personal narratives to learn about people and places.