IMG_7721Silvia Rodríguez Vega is a community engaged ARTivist (Artist & Activist) Scholar. Currently, she is a doctoral candidate in the inaugural 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 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.


In Lak Ech~~~

4 responses

  1. Silvia:
    Mi nombre es Arnaldo Ruiz. Soy peruano, ingeniero, Master en Econmia y escritor, pero, como tu, indocumentado viviendo la pesadilla de esta situacion, es mas, muy dura ya que mis hijos, uno de ellos de excelentes calificaciones no ha podido seguir sus estudios (tiene 19 anos). Quisiera poder hablar contigo para que me des algunas ideas sobre como ayudarlo con cualquier tipo de beca o idea, y no solo a el sino a otros. Te felicito y le he mostrado el video de tu presentacion en Don Francisco a todos para que se inspirenm en ti. Ah, yo soy escritor y te puedo ayudar gratis a corregir, cuando lo requieras, tu libro. Ahora estoy corrgiendo mi novela sobre el tema que ya paso las doscientas paginas. Que Dios te bendiga.


  2. hola my name is rocio and my dream has always been to go to harvard. my question is how did you do it? how did you get into harvard…? i know that having a great positive attitude es bueno pero…? yo pense q si no tenias papeles no podias… veo q estoy bastante equivocada… ? por favor mandame un mail para q se me quite la curiosidad… igual en el futuro podremos cambiar juntas todas estas leyes absurdas q hay contra los imigrantes… por ques en mis ojos TODOS TODOS somos imigrantes… y I am with you SI SE PUEDE!!

  3. You are an inspiration ! I believe full heartedly that you will get the funds needed. God gots you! Praying for you and sending out requests to support you. Cant wait to celebrate with you in May! =)