Talía González, a Spanish teacher at The School at Columbia University, has been selected for the “Teacher Fellowship Program: Using Media to Teach about Migration and Human Rights,” a program sponsored by New York University’s Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS).
The Teacher Fellowship Program promotes the development of curriculum focused on themes of migration and human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean and is offered in conjunction with the “Indocumentales” film and conversation series, run collaboratively by CLACS and the nonprofits Cinema Tropical and What Moves You. Fellowships are offered to teachers wishing to research and to develop new curriculum on these themes. Participants are paired with an NYU faculty mentor and partake in four weekend workshops throughout the Spring and Fall. The program culminates with the development of new curriculum to be presented as a capstone project.
“I feel very privileged that New York offers these kinds of opportunities and I would like to think of ways to share what I learn with a wider educational community,” Gonzalez says.
Ms. González, who teaches middle-school Spanish at The School, hopes that her participation in the fellowship will allow her to continue expanding her knowledge of Latin America and Latinx issues. Specifically, she is interested in exploring immigration patterns within Latin America in the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as deepening her understanding of the history of U.S. intervention in Latin America. Ms. Gonzalez strives to ensure that her curriculum at TSC demonstrates a multiplicity of stories, voices and experiences from Latin America and she is looking forward to learning both from her mentor at NYU and her peers in the cohort.
“As one of the coordinators of the eighth grade Social Action Project at TSC and a longtime member of our faculty, Ms. González is deeply involved in the development of social justice curricula at our school. This remarkable fellowship will only further that work. We congratulate her on this honor and are grateful for the ways her participation will continue to impact our community and our students,” said Amani Reed, Head of School.