My name is Liliana Sampedro, and I will be taking over for Victoria this semester as the new Fellowships, Internships and Research experiences (FIRe) Coordinator at the Curricular Resource Center. I’m honored to walk in the steps of Victoria, Victor, and Mya, and hope to continue the great work that they have been able to accomplish during their time at the CRC and at Brown.
To introduce myself a bit more, I write to you as a first-generation college and low-income student, and an Ethnic Studies and Sociology concentrator. I am a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow whose research is interested in the ways that Mexican immigrant knowledges are produced in community and family spaces and serve as education for survival and resistance. I hope to use my research to facilitate the tensions between schools and communities, particularly for underserved Mexican immigrant communities in the Pacific Northwest.
I hope to use this blog as an opportunity to make resources more accessible to undocumented, first-generation, and low-income students of color. Part of this involves advocating for more institutionalized support for these students, as well as actively thinking of creative strategies to serve these groups. It’s my goal to have all students feel like they come into the CRC with any questions or feelings they may have about a particular opportunity.
While this is an ongoing goal, I hope to work towards it by continuing past collaborative programming between the CRC and other university centers, holding office hours, meeting with administrators and student groups, and taking on new projects.
This blog will have three main types of posts:
- Student spotlights
- Application tips
- Beginner’s guide
If there’s anything I can help with, please feel free to reach out. I’d love to talk with you about developing a research question, how to apply for different opportunities, learning the difference between a fellowship and an internship, building relationships with faculty, and any other questions or feelings you might have. There are times at Brown when I have felt stuck and didn’t know what questions to ask or who to ask them to—I might not know all the answers but I can definitely find others who might. I’m here to support you and hope that we can find time to work together.
Looking forward to this semester!