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Recent LAS Students

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Grace TwardyGrace Twardy '16

As a Global Studies and Spanish double major, I feel like the Latin American Studies (LAS) minor complemented my studies perfectly. I’ve always been interested in learning about different cultures and how communities develop around the world, especially in Spanish-speaking countries. 

Knowing Spanish helped me to understand more about Latin America through a different perspective, but these courses, as a whole, allowed to me understand the social contexts in which the people of Latin America come from and the history behind our relationship. I was able to take advantage of several opportunities to connect with people in the region. I was a co-leader of a service-learning trip to a rural community in Northern Nicaragua that focused on the power of storytelling and empowering youth in the community. Storytelling allows us to empathize and build community, and I carried this desire to collect and share stories on another service-learning trip to Tijuana, Mexico, where we were able to see and hear what it was like to live along the border and the experiences of those who tried to cross. 

The LAS minor has helped me become more culturally sensitive and aware of our southern neighbor and the importance of strengthening our relationship with those communities. Working for a nonprofit study abroad organization (CIEE) has given me the opportunity to share my international experiences with prospective students and to motivate them to study abroad to gain these same values that the Latin American Studies minor has instilled in me. ​

Emily KennedyEmily Kennedy '15 ​


"The Latin American studies minor was inspiring for me because it gave me the opportunity to learn about the important history of our southern neighbors and the role our country played in this​ history -- the good and the bad. In this globalized world, and especially in the U.S.A -- a country made up of immigrants, it is almost necessary to explore other cultures to learn more about ourselves. Latin American studies pushed me to study abroad in a country less trafficked by study abroad goers and to learn more about the complicated and turbulent history of Argentina. 

As a Research Fulbrighter living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I know that what I learned about culture, history, politics and the region has helped me interpret my experience here and given me a greater appreciation for the culture and the people that I meet."​

Leah Towe

Leah Tow​​e​​​ ​'15

For me, the Latin American Studies minor was the perfect intersection of my Political Science major and Spanish minor. I've always been​​ intrigued by Latin American politics, the culture, the history, and the Spanish language, thus LAS seemed like the completion to this trifecta of my studies at Providence College. The Latin American Studies minor also encouraged and inspired my Political Science Honors Thesis titled "Behind the Smokescreen: An Examination of US Involvement in Colombia".

As I apply to law schools for the fall of 2016, I anticipate on studying International Law and Human Rights Law, with a continued focus on Latin America.​

Kathleen McCambridge ’14


Kathleen McCambridgeI have always had a thirst to learn more about the different cultures, religions, politics, and economic policies that are in place outside the US border. Majoring in Global Studies allowed me to explore the macro relationship between the US and other countries while truly dissecting how globalization is affecting us in our present and our future relationships. Latin American Studies allowed me to further develop my base knowledge of Latin America — providing me with the opportunity to explore the beautiful people, unique cultures, and groundbreaking policies that have not only impacted a people but the world. 

LAS has helped me exponentially in my professional career, which finds me working on a daily basis with international clients. Cultural sensitivity and awareness are two of the greatest assets that the LAS minor has equipped me with, and I am very glad to have had the opportunity to take classes in such a cutting-edge minor. ​

Anne RuelleAnne Ruelle ’13​

For me, the Latin American Studies minor coincided strongly with my interests in the Spanish language and the current conditions of people living in Latin America. Through the minor I have come to a greater understanding of the disparities in Latin American countries and the connection those often have to their relations with the United States. 

As a Peace Corps Volunteer in El Salvador, I find that what I learned about politics, globalization, and the past and present of Latin America has contributed to my understanding of the situation here.​


Ethan GentesEthan Gentes ’13

Latin America is America! I chose Latin American Studies because it has no limits. The skills you develop in LAS are extraordinarily transferable in the business world, as I can attest two years into a consulting career that demands regular communication in Spanish and sensitivity to the diversity of Latin culture. LAS at PC connects students with excellent professors and mentors in addition to providing access to the incredible wealth of Catholic and Dominican scholarship across the Western Hemisphere.


Brian SweeneyBrian Sweeney ’15

The reason I chose to minor in LAS was because I found it to be the perfect unifier for the different things I had been studying. It allowed me to explore a part of the world that has always fascinated me. The minor, and my interest in the region, was a big part of my choice to study abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

My semester in Buenos Aires tied together so many of the things that I had been studying at PC. I think my LAS classes really prepared me for that experience, and have help shaped what I want to do now that I've graduated. Maintaining my Spanish ability is incredibly important to me, and I hope to return to Latin America as soon as I possibly can.


Magali Garcia-PletschMagali Garcia-Pletsch ’13

To fulfill requirements for both my major [Global Studies] and minor, I studied abroad in Cusco, Perú, and had the opportunity to visit Chile. From exploring Machu Picchu and other Incan ruins, to visiting a cemetery in Lima filled with victims of Sendero Luminoso, to roaming the interactive exhibits at the Chilean Museum of Memory and Human Rights in Santiago, things I had learned in LAS courses came rushing back to me.​

Being in places, seeing artifacts, and even meeting people that I had learned about in Providence was a very grounding experience. As an American who wants to continue to travel and learn about the world, it is important to learn about the history and culture of new places, while also recognizing the complex relationships certain areas have with my own home country. Taking courses in Latin American Studies at PC was only one way to do this, but it certainly influenced my ever-transforming identity as a global citizen.


Sarah FitzSarah Fitzgerald ’13

In our globalized world, we can no longer call ourselves well-rounded students without exploring the realities and complexities that lie outside of our own national borders. The Latin American Studies minor pushed me to study abroad in unconventional, yet remarkable, places and gave me the tools to see myself as a global citizen first and an American citizen second.

As a recent graduate already living as an ex-pat in Spain, I can attest to the fact that the Latin American Studies minor has prepared me with cultural competency for life abroad.



Kate DouglasKate Douglas '15

After spending a semester in Costa Rica and time in Mexico, I realized there was so much to learn about our neighbors in the Americas. The LAS minor allowed me to explore Latin American culture and history through a variety of fields of study.​​

Being part of the LAS program encouraged me to pursue my current position as an intern for a health care organization in Guatemala. The minor opened up opportunities and helped shape my path after Providence College.​