Along with my publications and teaching, I like to stay engaged with the public when it comes to things I care about, like the Latino/a demographic in the United States, farmworkers’ rights, immigration policy, and the concerns of traditionally underrepresented communities in academia.
Much of my community engagement stems from my experiences as a low-income student of color, and being the first woman in my family to earn a college degree and then a Ph.D. My story of how I got to the Ivy League was featured in Glamour magazine in 2004.
In the media, I have given interviews about the history of the farmworker movement for C-SPAN and appeared on the TV program Fresh Outlook to discuss President Obama’s acts on immigration. My recent invited talks have included teaching a class on the Bracero Program to students in Queens, New York; giving the keynote speech at the opening of the Smithsonian’s exhibition “Bittersweet Harvest” at the Holocaust Museum in Houston, Texas and the Monterey County Agricultural and Rural Life Museum in King City, California; and participating in faculty/community activist-led "teach-ins" on immigration, labor, and deportation policy at my home institution of Stony Brook University. I have also participated in the fantastic NEH-sponsored programs "Conexiones" and “Bridging Historias” through the American Social History Project at CUNY that trained college teachers to integrate Latino history more fully into their curriculum.
My newest venture will be hosting on the New Books in Latino Studies podcast for the New Books Network. I get to have fun interviewing authors about their work, process, and upcoming projects.