2015 Global Scholar
Anthropology/Film & Media Studies Major
I spent three semesters learning Kaqchikel, an indigenous Mayan language. I study the history and culture, as well as contemporary issues - from colonialism to racism – facing the Mayan people in Guatemala. My interest in Kaqchikel led me to take part in the Sustainable Development Field School program in Guatemala over the 2015 winter break.
There are so many great stories from my time in Guatemala. One day we went to see coffee fields and coffee processing plants. We left our hotel, riding in theback of a truck. We headed up into the hills, going into mist and fog. I felt like we were headed into the clouds. We were clinging to the truck for dear life! We finally pulled over and saw an older man chopping wood. Our guide, who worked in the area, showed us green coffee on the plants and described each step of the harvest and processing. We went to a smaller gathering area where they bag the coffee before sending it to the processing plant at the base. It was astounding how many steps are involved and that the workers are paid so little. It was an adventure and a window into global economics.
The research mentoring aspect of Global Scholars has helped me build a great relationship with Professor Carlos Nash. Here is someone who is just as excited about my research as I am. Professor Nash has been incredibly helpful in helping me develop my research project on the diversity within the LGBTQ community.