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Vivian Brates (Lecturer)

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Personal bio
Vivian Brates is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she attended the University of Buenos Aires. She received an M. A. degree from Georgetown University in Latin American Studies, with a focus on Economic Development, and previously an M. A. degree from UC Santa Barbara in Spanish and Latin American Literature. She worked for several years as a Human Rights Observer and Election Monitor with the United Nations and the OAS in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Guatemala, as well as an advocate and lobbyist in Washington DC. She has worked at Stanford since 2005, and also volunteered for the Prison University Program teaching Spanish at San Quentin Prison, the International Institute of the Bay Area preparing immigrants for the US citizenship exam, and more recently at the Dilley Pro Bono Project in TX and Al Otro Lado in Tijuana, helping asylum seekers articulate their fear of return claims. She is focused on developing meaningful partnerships in the community to offer students real-life experiences with Spanish-speaking immigrants to raise awareness about other cultures (and their own), grow their intercultural skills, and develop identities as engaged citizens.

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