Class of 2016
Daniela Cosio '16 - I am an EEB major and pe-med here at Princeton. I am in a number of clubs and groups on campus including SHAB (the Student Health Advisory Board), the Red Cross blood drive committee, and Send Hunger Packing. I also enjoy doing sports photography for the Daily Princetonian. I am from Miami and my family is originally Cuban, which is what peaked my interest in the Latino Studies department. I have greatly enjoyed studying in this department and think it is a great choice for anyone intrigued by the life of first, second, third, etc. Latino immigrants in the United States. Some notable topics I have been able to study in this department are Latino immigration policy, Latino literature, and the culture of Latinos living in the U.S.
Sharim Estevez '16 - I grew up in Washington Heights, New York. My family comes from the Dominican Republic. Before coming to Princeton, I attended The Lawrenceville School thanks to the help of Prep for Prep. At Princeton, I am a Sociology major. My culture as well as my experiences in Washington Heights have both guided my Junior Paper and Senior Thesis. I love to dance during my free time. My freshmen year I co-founded Más Flow, Princeton’s premier Latin dancing company. Upon graduation, I hope to be working on education and social justice related issues.
Abdiel Santiago '16 - I was born and raised in Cape May, New Jersey. Both of my parents were born in Puerto Rico, so for every holiday we made sure to add a little extra Puerto Rican flair to the occasion. I love salsa music and dance. In Princeton, my hobbies include captaining the Princeton Mock Trial team and volunteering at the Pace Center for Civic Engagement. I study Latino politics, focusing on the island of Puerto Rico and its issues. After Princeton I hope to go to law school and then possibly enter the world of politics.
Brittney Watkins '16 - I'm a senior in the Politics Department and a concentrator in the Latino Studies Program. Within the Politics Department my primary field is American Politics. I am from St. Louis, MO. On campus I am heavily involved in the first-generation and low-income community as well as the black community. I also sing in a few different groups on campus. I am writing my thesis on Afro-Latinos' and Latinos' participation in activism related to police brutality. Following graduation I will attend law school. After working as a lawyer I later hope to become involved with politics, and eventually serve as a senator.
Class of 2017
Courtney Perales '17 - Race, identity, and immigration are topics of deep personal and academic interest to me. After becoming involved with the Princeton DREAM Team (a student-led and community-based immigrant rights advocacy group), I learned more about the complexities of undocumented immigrant identity and racialized border politics. Upon graduation, I am hoping to continue my studies on Latinx cultural diversity and history as well as U.S. immigration policy. I hope to eventually become an educator in such topics and mentor other students. My hobbies include writing, crocheting, and listening to music, and some of my favorite artists are Ana Tijoux and Lauryn Hill.
Daniel Rounds '17 - I am a concentrator in the department of Spanish and Portuguese and am interested in the topics of immigration, health care access, and religion. Growing up in a military family, I moved around frequently and spent my high school years in Monmouth County, New Jersey, but now live in Media, Pennsylvania. On campus, I am on the executive board for Community House, a Pace program that works with local underrepresented students to close the achievement gap in Princeton, and play in the pit orchestra for Triangle Club. In the future I hope to attend medical school and work with underserved patient populations.
Arlene Gamio '18 - I am a History concentrator pursuing certificates in Latinx Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and American Studies. My research focuses on gender-inclusive language concerning Latinidad, Latinization of urban schools, decolonial and postcolonial thought, and low-income/first-generation Latinx. I was born in the Dominican Republic to Cuban parents and grew up in Hialeah, Miami. After Princeton, I hope to pursue a PhD in American Studies and teach at a university. Coming from a family of teachers, I get most excited about how knowledge can transform interpersonal experiences. I find my motivation and sense of peace from mi Mami, Santería, that new-book smell, laughter, and tearing down institutional injustice.
Ana Patricia Esqueda '19 - I am a current Psychology major, originally from Caracas, Venezuela, hoping to pursue certificates in Latino Studies and Linguistics. My main academic interests lie in learning about the intersectionality of culture and psychological well-being as well as the effects of bilingualism on identity and personal growth. Outside of class I am involved with Princeton Latinos y Amigos, happily dance for the Más Flow Dance Company, and teach English to adults in Trenton's El Centro. After Princeton, I hope to pursue a future in criminal psychology, attempting to find the reasons why inmates commit crimes and a way in which to stop future ones from occurring, and eventually obtain a degree in immigration law to fight for the rights of targeted minorities.
Kauribel Javier '19 - I am a current Sociology major hoping to pursue certificates in Latino Studies and American Studies. My main academic interests lie in learning about educational inequality, the prison industrial complex, and the Afro-Latinx experience in the United States, particularly in the Dominican community. When I am not studying or in class, you can find me planning events through the organization Princeton Latinos y Amigos that seeks to engage the Latinx community, as well as serving on the executive board for the Princeton University Mentorship Program (PUMP!) that is run through the Carl A. Fields Center. Once I graduate from Princeton, I hope to one day to work on programming that aims to provide more educational opportunities for youth that come from historically underserved neighborhoods.
Samuel Vilchez Santiago '19 - I am a prospective concentrator in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and Foreign Affairs with possible certificates in Spanish, Latino Studies, Latin American Studies and American Studies. I am originally from Venezuela, but moved to Florida in 2010. On campus, I am the Secretary of Princeton Latinos y Amigos, the co-founder and co-President of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Scholar's Chapter, a member of the University Student Life Committee of USG, a member of the Social Committee for the Princeton Hidden Minority Council, a Photographer for the Daily Princetonian, a member of the College Essayist and a member of the Latinx Collective. Although not fully sure, I believe that in the future I would like to attend Law school or grad school. Since I was little, I have had a passion for politics, and would like to keep pursuing it as part of my career path.