Summer 2020 Newsletter

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The current pandemic ravaging the world has been a reminder not only of the fragility of life, but also of the rampant inequity in our society. Today, more than one hundred thousand lives have already been lost to Covid-19 in the United States. Black communities, along with Indigenous and Latinx communities, have been disproportionately affected by this virus, with many working essential jobs without being provided sufficient protection. Meanwhile, another kind of pandemic—that of structural… Read more
Chiara DeSantis, who graduated this March with a double major in Spanish and Public Health-Global Health, has been named a UW Husky 100 this year. This recognition means the world to Miss DeSantis. Through the love and support from the University of Washington she has had the confidence to not only accept her multiracial identity, but her hair loss… Read more
On March 6th, 2020, in response to the growing Novel Coronavirus / COVID-19 Pandemic, University of Washington President Ani Mari Cause announced that the remainder of Winter Quarter would be held online.  This declaration expanded to cover all of Spring Quarter and Summer Quarter. The faculty of the Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies responded by arranging language and content courses to be taught online. “Our main goal has been to minimize the impact on our students”, said Ana… Read more
Brianna Salinas, a Masters student in Spanish & Portuguese Studies, is connected with the new Translation Studies Hub run through the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for the Humanities. Salinas lived for two years in the autonomous community of Castilla y León in Spain, first studying abroad with SPS and then working as an English language instructor with… Read more
SPS learned earlier this year of the passing of Dr. Stella Moreno Monroy.  Dr. Moreno was a Professor of Spanish and Latin American Literature at Central Washington University, and earned her PhD at University of Washington in 1991. Born November 20, 1948 in Bogota, Colombia, Dr. Moreno earned her BA from Universidad de los Andes and began her career in journalism and public relations before, starting in 1983, pursuing graduate studies at UW, where she earned her Masters and later her PhD. Dr.… Read more
The Department of Spanish & Portuguese Studies teaches some of the world’s most essential languages: Portuguese is spoken by 220 million people worldwide and Spanish is spoken by 480 million, including one in six people in the United States. Undergraduate students in our department not only acquire linguistic proficiency in foreign languages, they also develop critical thinking and communication skills, as well as a deeper awareness of cultural diversity.  For their part, faculty and… Read more