|• Major: Sociology
• Hometown: Sevilla, Spain
• Currently: Pursuing an M.Sc. in International Migration and Public Policy at the London School of Economics
Why did you decide to choose a minor in Black Studies?
I partly chose Southern Miss among other universities due to its Center for Black
Studies and the minor degree offered. As a sociology major interested in immigration
it was essential to become acquainted with the history and structural inequality of
people of color. USM has an array of alumni who are prominent figures in the Civil
Rights Movement, such as Clyde Kennard. This proved to be an ideal environment for
What course(s) did you take at USM that enhanced your interests in Black Studies? If possible, identify the instructor as well.
At USM, I took a number of courses that developed my interest in Black Studies across
different disciplines. Dr. Ery Shin's course on ethnic literature was the best course
outside of my discipline. She taught us to critically evaluate texts and approach
literature as a shared and first-hand experience to make sense of.
How did minoring in Black Studies enhance your major studies at USM?
Minoring in Black Studies provided not only the intellectual curiosity but also the
sensibility and awareness for racial inequality. In my major, sociology, I took Dr.
Karen Kozlowski's course in Sociology of Education where I learned more about unequal
access, quality, and levels of education in the United States.
How might Black Studies influence your future career?
In my research on immigrant communities’ migration flows, racial and ethnic backgrounds always prove to be a key component of their struggles for fair treatment. Black Studies at USM taught me to continue to explore ways in which perception of race and ethnicity may be determinants for outcome differences for asylum seekers and other displaced communities.