Celina Franco is a Graduate Student in the Speech and Hearing Sciences department. She is an alumnus of UNM having graduated in 2009 with her Bachelors of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. She worked for six years for a local beverage distribution company until her recent acceptance into graduate school to pursue her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology. Celina hopes to one-day work with the geriatric population to advance the communication and overall quality of life for individuals with Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease.
Derlly earned her BA degree in Special Education at the Universidad de las Americas in Mexico, and is a candidate of a MA in Technology Education for Instituto Latinoamericano de la Comunicación Educativa (ILCE), in Mexico. She worked as a Spanish as a Second Language teacher at the American School in Mexico City for over 12 years, and then she became the Bilingual Science Education Coordinator at Explora Science Center in Old Town, Albuquerque. After moving back to Mexico for three years, she came back to start her Masters program in Hispanic Linguistics at the Spanish and Portuguese Department in UNM.
Desirée is a first year Ph.D. student in Hispanic Linguistics at UNM. Her main interests include bilingualism, language contact and the study of code-switching practices among Spanish-English bilingual speakers in New Mexico. She came to the US as a Fulbright scholar, received her M.A in Hispanic Linguistics from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and has extensive experience teaching Spanish as a Second Language. Born and raised in Malaga (Spain), Desirée got her B.A/M.A. in Translation and Interpreting, is fluent in Italian and French and has also lived in Germany, Italy, England and Canada. In her free time she enjoys discovering the enchanted land, hiking, traveling, volunteering in animal shelters, helping the UNM community, and hanging out with friends!
Mark Cisneros is a PhD student in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, with a concentration in Hispanic linguistics. He is originally from Weslaco, Texas, located in the Rio Grande Valley. His research interests include sociolinguistics and heritage language maintenance, identity and pedagogy, and also language use in Southwest literature. In his spare time, he enjoys exploring New Mexico, hanging out with friends, and is considering taking up sewing again.
Viola is a first year MFA student in the Art & Ecology program at the College of Fine Arts. As an artist and scholar, she explores the triangle formed by humans, nature and technology. Her main aim is to create work that brings awareness towards ecological issues. Born and raised in Italy, she got her BA in Graphic Design & Art Direction from New University of Fine Art (NABA) in Milan. After working in publishing for a few years, she moved to the United Kingdom to follow her interest in photography and she received her MA in Documentary Photography from University of South Wales in 2015. She loves good vegan food to share with friends, being outdoors and exploring new places.
Zsofia is a fourth year Ph.D. student in Ethnology. She received her MA in English Language and Literature and Anthropology from Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary. She almost became a photojournalist while studying at the György Bálint Journalism Academy after attending the European High School of Mathematics, Natural Science and Economics in Kastl, Germany. However, she decided to pursue an academic career hence, at UNM she is working on her graduate thesis within the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS) and Medical Anthropology.