Life After Latina/o Studies
Do you ever wonder where your degree might lead you? Come hear from American Culture graduates on what they are doing today. They will discuss their current career and how a degree in American Culture has shaped either their career choice or how they approach their career.
Saladin Ahmed is a science fiction and fantasy writer. His first novel, THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON, was a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, Crawford, Gemmell, and British Fantasy Awards, won the Locus Award for Best First Novel, and received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Library Journal. He was nominated twice for the Campbell Award for Best New Science Fiction/Fantasy Writer for his short stories, which have appeared in YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION and have been translated into a half-dozen languages.
Susan Lopez is a Chicagoan who has always felt strongly about persuing a career in medicine and giving back to the Latino community. Ms. Lopez was first exposed to and became passionate about Latino Studies at UM after taking the course 'U.S. Latinas'. After graduating with a degree in Latino Studies in 2008, she moved back to Chicago to work for Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago to do clinical and community-based participatory research in many diverse pediatric clinics. After several years of research, she was accepted at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine where she continues to use knowledge gained at UM to work with communities of color. Her ultimate goals include: improving the health, quality of life, and increasing awareness for domestic violence in the Latino community through outreach and research in partnership with the Urban Medicine Program and Mujeres Latinas en Accion.
Aurora Kamimura is native of Southern California, born and raised just outside of Los Angeles. She received her BA in Social Sciences with a minor in Public Health from UC Irvine and went on to receive her EdM in Administration Planning and Social Policy from Harvard. Her passion is for serving underrepresented and underserved students, providing them an opportunity for success. For the past 12 years, she has served in several capacities within Outreach, Multicultural Affairs and Student Affairs at UC Irvine, UM, and most recently at Santa Ana College where she served as an Associate Dean. She enjoys spending time with her two amazing sons, Marco (12) and Michio (6), and her husband, Mark (also a UM alum). She is currently a doctoral student in the School of Education and pursuing a Certificate in Latino Studies through American Culture.
Kuhu Saha has been part of Merit Goodness, a clothing store on South University that helps disadvantaged youth go to college, since its inception. As executive director of Merit's nonprofit arm, Give Merit, Kuhu's primary goal is to further the organization's community impact. To that end, she works with community partners to create educational programming for Give Merit's FATE mentorship program, handles organizational logistics, coordinates participating students & volunteers, maintains an ongoing partnership with the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, oversees program evaluation, and facilitates fundraising and donor engagement. Kuhu holds a BA from the University of Michigan in American Culture and Sociology, with a focus on social inequality.