Silvia Rodríguez Vega is a community engaged ARTivist (Artist & Activist) Scholar. Currently, she is a doctoral student in the first cohort of the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies at UCLA. She received the class Marshall award from Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2011 where she earned a Masters of Arts in Education. Before that, she graduated from Arizona State University with a double major in Political Science and Transborder Chicano/a, Latino/a studies in 2009.
Silvia was born in Chihuahua Mexico and raised in Phoenix Arizona, where she experienced first-hand discrimination against the immigrant community. Silvia has over fifteen years of experience using the arts for social change and community empowerment. Silvia is the founder of Teatro Nopalero, a group of activist actors who bring forth a dignified and humorous approach to deal with social issues at the grassroots level.
She has published in the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy and UCLA’s InterActions online journal and has exhibited her art at numerous schools and conferences nationally and internationally. Silvia has also appeared on several National Television programs talking about her journey and testified before congress on issues of immigrant women and children.
Her primary research interests are: criminality, detention and deportation, immigration policy, children in mixed status families, poverty and inequality, undocumented students, the prison industrial complex, borders, digital media and ARTivism (arts & activism).
She is passionate about building community, dancing, making smoothies, creating art, reading and traveling.
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