BIO

Silvia Rodriguez Vega is a Ford Foundation Scholar and Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles where she is a PhD Candidate in the César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies. Before that, Silvia earned a Master of Arts in Education from Harvard University and majored in Political Science and Transborder Latina/o Chicana/o Studies at Arizona State University. At ASU, Silvia organized with undocumented communities in the borderlands of Arizona pre-and post-SB1070. She now continues her work with immigrant children and families in South Central, Los Angeles.

Silvia’s dissertation, Immigrant Children: Resilience and Coping with HeART explores the ways anti-immigration policy impacts the lives of immigrant children through new epistemological tools centering art and creative expression. Through a partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC), her research highlights the understudied preadolescent children of immigrants—both U.S.-born citizens and undocumented immigrant children. Through a multidisciplinary theater class at a local elementary school in Los Angeles, California her data includes family, child, and teacher interviews, class observations, artwork and performance videos, with recently arrived Mexican and Central American children ages 11 to 13. More broadly, Silvia is also concerned with issues of structural inequality, service-learning, immigration policy, mixed-status families, transborder relations, undocumented youth and children, and arts and artivism through performance and digital media.

 

 

 

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.

    Arnaldo

  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! =)