As a queer Latinx student, my identities intersect in a complicated way. That's where my majors come in.
"When I arrived at Bucknell and started to take classes, I knew I wanted to choose a major I had a passion for. Spanish was my first choice; I learned Spanish and English at the same time. It's important to me to keep up with the language and embrace that part of my identity as much as possible.
"I am still in the process of creating my other major, an interdepartmental course of study that will blend Latin American studies, women's & gender studies and theatre & dance to create a focus in Latin American cultural performance. I've been a dancer since I was a little girl, starting with Mexican Folklorico dance. I want to look at the ways in which gender is performed through dance using a Latin American cultural lens.
"Bucknell gives me a lot of opportunities to keep myself busy. I work for the Office of LGBTQ Resources, Uptown, CLIMBucknell and BuckWild. Within the local community, I tutor low-income students off campus. I'm also on the Bisonettes dance team, which has been having a great year. It's been really beautiful watching the team come together. I started choreographing Folklorico dances for the Latinx Alliance for Community and Opportunity for Students (LACOS). I've also been proud to support the Black Student Union and Bucknell's Africa Student Association. I'm a Posse Scholar and I appreciate my Posse mentors; now I'm working on developing mentorship relationships with professors in my academic departments.
"I lead the Latinx affinity house, a living community in Taylor House called La Casa de Excelencia. This is the house's first year, and it's been nice to be a part of the growth and community-building for a group of students who are a minority. I also co-lead a breakout group for queer and trans people of color. Finding and creating spaces that are welcoming to people who share my identities, especially queer and trans people of color, has been integral to my Bucknell experience."
Carol is from Los Angeles.
Posted April 2018