UCSB Latin American and Iberian Studies Program



10:00AM – 10:20AM  |  Welcoming Remarks
Chancellor Henry T. Yang, UCSB
Prof. Mary Hancock, Acting Dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, UCSB
Prof. John Foran, Sociology Department, and former LAIS Program Director, UCSB
Prof. Cecilia Méndez, History Department, and LAIS Program Director, UCSB
History of LAIS with Amy Houser, LAIS Major and incoming LAIS Master’s Student, UCSB
10:20AM – 10:30AM  |  Break
10:30AM – 11:45AM  |  Panel 1: Career Paths in History 
Larisa Veloz (2007), Assistant Professor, History & Chicano Studies, University of Texas El Paso 
   Advisor: Sarah Cline, History Department, UCSB
Nicole Pacino (2007), Associate Professor, History, University of Alabama in Huntsville 
   Advisor: Gabriela Soto Laveaga, History of Science Department, Harvard University
Cari Maes (2004), Assistant Professor, History Department, Oregon State University   
   Advisor: Frank Dutra, History Department, UCSB
Moderator: Prof. Gabriela Soto Laveaga, History of Science, Harvard University 
11:45AM – 12:45PM  |  Lunch Break 
12:45PM – 1:45PM  |  Panel 2: Career Paths in Film and Journalism 
Amy Rosner (2008), Documentarian 
   Advisor: William Robinson, Sociology Department, UCSB 
Kirstin Garrison (2016), Journalist 
   Advisor: Kum-Kum Bhavnani, Sociology Department, UCSB
Moderator: Prof. Cristina Venegas, Film and Media Studies Department, and LAIS, UCSB
1:45M-2:15PM  |  Break 
2:15PM-3:30PM  |  Panel 3: Career Paths in NGOs, Business, and Administration
Miguel Becerra (2010), Senior Policy Analyst. Homebase/ The Center for Common Concerns
   Advisor: Cecilia Méndez, History Department, UCSB
Paul Bancroft (2008), Executive Director Sierra Community House 
   Advisor: Dr. Carol Dixon, Lecturer, UCSB
Steve Pent (2007), Director of Adult Formation, St. William Catholic Church 
   Advisor: Cecilia Méndez, History Department, UCSB 
Moderator: Prof. Cecilia Méndez, History Department, and LAIS Director, UCSB 
3:30-4:00 | Break 
4:00PM-5:30PM  |  Mixer, Sharing Memories
   4:00-4:10 Opening Remarks
   4:10-5:00 Presenters: Miguel Becerra, Jorge Gonzalez Estrella, Kirstin Garrison, Justine Meyr, Amy Rosner, Larisa Veloz, and William Alexander Yankes
   5:00-5:30 Open Discussion
Moderator: Prof. Juan Cobo, History Department, and LAIS Vice-director, UCSB
9:00AM – 10:15AM  |  Panel 4: Career Paths in Anthropology and History
Zackary Mckiernan (2008), Associate Professor, World History, Cuesta College 
   Advisor: Randy Bergstrom, History Department, UC Santa Barbara 
Linda Hall (2013), Lecturer & Author, Anthropology Department, UCR
   Advisor: Casey Walsh, Anthropology Department, UCSB
Thelma Patnett (2018), Graduate Student, Anthropology, UCR 
   Advisor: Dr. Emiko Saldivar Tanaka, Anthropology Department, UCSB 
Moderator: Prof. Cecilia Méndez, History Department, and LAIS Drector, UCSB
10:15AM – 10:30AM  |  Break  
10:30AM-11:45AM  |  Panel 5: Career Paths in History & Political Science
Anil Mukerjee (2002), Assistant Professor, History Department, US Military Academy West Point 
   Advisor: Frank Dutra, History Department, UCSB
Cheryl Jiménez Frei (2012), Assistant Professor, Public History, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire
   Advisor: Frank Dutra, History Department, UCSB
Mónica Landeros (1999), Adjunct Professor, Latino/a Studies & Political Science, City College San Francisco, Merritt College, Contra Costa College      
   Advisor: Prof. John Foran, Sociology Department, UCSB 
Moderator:  ProfKate Bruhn, Chair, Political Science Department, and LAIS, UCSB
11:45AM – 12:45PM  |  Lunch Break 
12:45PM-2:00PM  |  Panel 6: Career Paths in Education 
Jenae Jordan Nott (2011), High School Teacher, North Monterey County Unified School District
   Advisor: Cristina Venegas, Film and Media Studies Department, UCSB
Jacqueline Bach-y-Rita (1985), Elementary School Teacher, Alisal Union School District
   Advisor: TBA
Mark Boelter (2011), High School Teacher, Los Angeles Unified School District
   Advisor: Fernando Lopez-Alves, Sociology Department, UCSB 
Moderator: Prof. Fernando López Alves, Emertus, Sociology Department, UCSB; Director and Distinguished Research Fellow, Global and International Studies Program, School of Law & Institute of Global Governance,  Universidad de Salamanca, Spain
2:00PM-2:30PM |  Break 
2:30PM-3:30PM |  Panel 7: Career Paths in NGOs 
Daniel Smith (1986), formerly Program Coordinator for Latin American Medical Relief Projects, Direct Relief 
   Advisor: Víctor Fuentes, Spanish & Portuguese Department, UC Santa Barbara 
Jorge Gonzalez Estrella (2012), Regional Civic Engagement Organizer at the Environmental Health Coalition 
   Advisor: Casey Walsh, Anthropology Department, UC Santa Barbara
Moderator: Prof. Juan Cobo, History Department, and LAIS Vice-director, UCSB
3:30PM – 3:50PM  |  Memorial for Professor Frank Dutra
3:50PM – 4:00PM  |  Closing Remarks