Bio Cindy

Cindy Venerio is a first year student at USF studying history. She was born and raised in Miami, FL. Growing up in such a diverse city led her to become interested in Latinos and their impact in the US. She is very interested in studying immigration, with hopes of becoming an immigration lawyer someday.


Amanda Savasky is a senior majoring in International Studies and Latin American Studies. What began as a general interest with Latin American cultures and languages when she started school at USF, has developed into a much more complex understanding and continued fascination of the region and the multifaceted connections that exist between the U.S. and Latin American countries. Amanda worked as one of our main editors on this publication, working closely with the IT team to bring the issue together. 


Lisa is a third-year Latin American Studies major whose research interests include gender, sexuality, and transnational feminism. Her foremost passion both academically and personally is writing, of which she hopes to make a career out of one day. Lisa is graduating in May 2013 and plans to attend graduate school after completing her B.A. at USF.


Marcelo Rios Muñoz was born and raised in the Bay Area. He is a Senior Latin American Studies major, and Chican@/Latin@ minor. After he graduates from USF, Marcelo plans to continue to work with youth, and perform with The Different Folks, a Hip-Hop and Jazz band.


Marie Shier is a junior at USF. She grew up in Pleasanton, CA in the East Bay. She is a Latin American Studies major and Art History minor who enjoys reading, cooking, and playing with her puppy in addition to her academic life at USF!


Genesis Ibarra is currently a senior at USF double majoring in Theology & Religious Studies and Latin American Studies. She is a first generation college student who plans to continue her graduate studies in Theology. After graduation she will be working with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and plans to continue working with the Latino community as well. Genesis worked as a main editor on this publication, and contributed much hard work on the IT details.


Marisela is a third year student majoring in International Studies and minoring in Legal Studies and Latin American Studies. She works in the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. Marisela hopes to contribute to social change and justice for the immigrant community in the legal, political, or grassroots level.


My name is Monica Janet Alcantar and I was born and raised in a humble, hard-working, and family-oriented home in Redwood City, California. After graduating from Sequoia High School in 2004, I attended community college where my interest in Chicana/o Studies began. I transferred to Loyola Marymount University to pursue this interest, but then decided to return home to the San Francisco Bay Area when I found out I was soon to be a mother. I have been blessed with a, now, 2-year old son who is one of my greatest motivations. Si Dios quiere, I will graduate from USF in December of this year with a major in Spanish and a minor in Chicana/o Studies.


Karina Hodoyán led the Divisadero Course this Spring 2012 semester. She is an Assistant Professor in the Modern and Classical Languages and Latin American Studies Departments, as well as Director of Latin@/Chican@ Studies at the University of San Francisco. Her specialization is 19th and 20th century Mexican, Border, and Chican@ Literary and Cultural Studies, with an interest in Performance and Feminist Studies. Her recent work focuses on Literature and Performance Art at the US-Mexican Border. She has Masters in Interamerican Literature from SFSU and a Doctorate from the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Stanford University.