ILS Alums

Latino Studies students are accomplishing great things and we are proud of them! We can’t brag about them all individually. On this page, find out about what a few of our illustrious graduates are doing. Visit our site again in the future to celebrate the accomplishments of other Latino Studies graduates.

Sarah Burbank, 2015, is in her first year of medical school at Rush Medical College in Chicago. She spent summer 2015 as an assistant teacher of introductory medical science classes in North Carolina and Missouri. Sarah graduated as a Biology major with a supplementary major in Latino Studies. She wrote her senior thesis under Dr. Richman's supervision entitled, "Enfrentando a la Muerte: End-of-Life Care and the Mexican Immigrant," which developed out of her work in the service-learning course, Mexican Immigration: A South Bend Case Study.

Stephanie Perez, 2012, is a World Geography and College Readiness instructor at Cristo Rey Jesuit College Prepatory School in Houston, TX. Stephanie majored in American Studies and completed a Latino Studies minor before going on to graduate from the Alliance for Catholic Education Teaching Fellows program in 2014 with a Master's of Education.

Jordan Lange, 2014, is an IT consultant with Grant Thornton, LLP, a leading audit, tax, and advisory firm in Chicago. Jordan is from Zionsville, Indiana. He graduated as an Information Technology major in the College of Business and a Latino Studies Minor.

Juan Rangel, 2015, is the Office Coordinator for the National Immigration Law Center in Washington, DC. He was born in Jalisco, Mexico and grew up in Central California. Juan graduated with a major in Political Science and a supplemental major in Latino Studies. Juan worked extensively with the Institute for Latino Studies on issues related to undocumented students at Notre Dame and immigration advocacy more broadly. He co-founded the Student Coalition for Immigration Advocacy and served as its first president and was the Student Body Vice President. He won the Rev. A. L. Collins, CSC Student Leadership Award in 2015.

Maggie Duffy, 2014, is a caseworker in the Padua Pilot program of Catholic Charities, Fort Worth, which coordinates services, builds self-sufficiency and empowers local families to ensure well-being and long-term success. Maggie is from Dallas, Texas and graduated as an Anthropology major with a Latino Studies supplementary major and a minor in Peace Studies. While at Notre Dame, Maggie participated in the CSC Border Issues Seminar in Arizona. Dr. Richman's Mexican Immigration: A South Bend Case Study inspired Maggie's senior thesis project: Brother Coyote Traverses the Border: Myth and Metaphor in United States-Mexico Border Crossings.

Grace Parsons, 2014, is a legal assistant at an immigration-focussed law firm in Chicago. In her post-graduate year, she taught English and served in a community on the Northern coast of the Dominican Republic. Grace is from Rockford, Illinois. She graduated with a major in Anthropology, a supplemental major in Pre-Health Studies and a minor in Latino Studies.

Marco Rosales, 2012, is a History graduate student at University of California, Davis, using his Latino Studies experience to focus on Chicana/o labor organizing and radical politics in Arizona in the 20th century. He graduated from Notre Dame with a major in History and supplementary major in Latino Studies.

Aileen Villarreal, 2010, is the Media Relations Director for the Detroit Tigers. She was hired as coordinator after an internship with the Houston Astros in 2010 and was promoted to director in September of 2013. She lives in Royal Oak, Michigan. Aileen was a double major in Sociology and Film, Television, and Theatre with a minor in Latino Studies.

Michelle Saucedo, 2010, is a DACA Legal Advocate and BIA accredited representative at Asian Americans Advancing Justice--Los Angeles. She graduated from Notre Dame in 2010 with a degree in Sociology, and minors in Italian and Latino Studies. She's particularly proud of having played an active role in the campaign that brought about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012. Michelle looks forward to continuing to fight the good fight and plans on pursuing a law degree in the near future.

Lauren McGrath, 2014, taught English as a Second Language to kindergarteners at a Catholic school in the town of Hua Hin, Thailand for six months immediately after graduation. Since then, Lauren has been traveling around the country working on wedding and fashion photography, including working backstage at New York Fashion Week. Lauren is from Warrington, Pennsylvania. She graduated with an American Studies major and Latino Studies minor.

Isabella Pacheco, 2012, is studying at University of New Mexico Law School. She is from Clovis, New Mexico. Isabella completed a major in Political Science and a supplementary major in Latino Studies.

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