Chile: Cultural Identity, Social Justice, and Community Development
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Faculty and Staff
Dr. Sergio Fiedler, Academic Director
Dr. Sergio Fiedler holds a PhD from the School of Sociology and Social Anthropology at the University of New South Wales, where he worked as a lecturer for more than six years. His PhD dissertation was on class, power, and desire in Pinochet's Chile. He received his BA, with honors, in sociology and anthropology from the University of Western Sydney. Prior to his work at SIT, he was a lecturer at the University of Arts and Social Sciences, ARCIS, in Valparaíso as well as the academic coordinator of the university’s Social Science Program. His primary teaching and research interests are in the areas of Latin American politics, social movements, and cultural studies, with a particular focus on Chile. He brings training and expertise in the development and administration of the academic curricula within the fields of sociology, social anthropology, and politics. Before becoming the academic director in 2010, he taught a portion of the Field Study Seminar on research methods to SIT Chile students.
Sandra Rojas, Assistant Academic Director
Sandra “Choqui” Rojas holds a licentiate degree in special education from the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (1989) and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in education with a focus on community-based education. Choqui brings a wealth of experience to the program having worked with SIT for many years. She began working with SIT as a Spanish instructor in 1993 and has been the Spanish program coordinator since 2000, developing innovative language learning approaches. She served as interim academic coordinator twice in past semesters during which time she led the Northern Chile excursion. She has also coordinated the program’s homestay component.
In addition to her work with SIT, Choqui has taught and oriented foreign students in local Chilean universities and has conducted SIT language teacher trainings in several Latin American countries. Choqui has worked for several years at a local NGO assisting at-risk youth and their families.
Juan Carlos “Danko” Ulloa, Program Coordinator
In his role as program assistant, a position he has held since 2004, Danko handles logistical and administrative responsibilities and provides a wealth of wisdom, resources, and good humor. He brings 30 years of active experience and intimate knowledge on human rights and social justice issues in Chile. He also provides support to the program’s different academic and student affairs components as needed.
Karina Bilbao, Homestay Coordinator
After becoming the proud mother of her first child, Vicente, in August 2009, Karina resumed the position of homestay coordinator, a position she has held since 2008. She has a degree in cultural tourism management from the University of Valparaíso (2006) and worked for several years with foreign students at this university prior to joining SIT Study Abroad. In addition to her professional skills, Karina draws on her own personal study abroad experience, having lived and studied in Utah for two years. Karina works with each of the students and host families to ensure a rewarding homestay experience.
Pedro Alfaro, Spanish Program Coordinator
A Spanish teacher for the program since 2002, Pedro assumed the role of Spanish program coordinator in the fall of 2009. In this role, he applies his expertise in guiding the program’s staff of talented language teachers, who are all specialists in teaching Spanish as a second language at the university level. A proud native of Valparaíso, Pedro holds licentiate dual degrees in education and Hispanic literature and language from the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso where he currently teaches Spanish as a second language. In 2007, he completed a master’s degree in Hispanic philology from the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas in Madrid where he also conducted research at the Real Academia Española de La Lengua.
Walkiria Jorquera, Community Work Program Coordinator
“Walki” joined the program last semester as the community work program coordinator. She currently works as a social worker with COTRA, a local NGO supporting at risk families and youth in the Valparaíso area. Since 1993 she has worked professionally and as a community volunteer with a variety of community-based and nonprofit organizations that serve marginalized groups such as low-income women and street children. Walki has also been a longtime human rights activist both in Chile and Sweden where she lived after being exiled for her opposition to the Pinochet dictatorship. She holds a licentiate degree in social work from the Universidad Católica de Valparaíso and has been an ISP advisor to past SIT students.
Juan Antonio Painecura Antinao, Educational Excursion Coordinator (Southern Chile)
Mr. Painecura has coordinated SIT excursions focused on the Mapuche people for the past 16 years. He is a guest lecturer at Chilean universities on Mapuche history and philosophy and is the author of several articles on Mapuche history including “La Historia del Pueblo Mapuche en el Contexto del Modelo Neoliberal” (ARCIS, 2004). A longtime activist on Mapuche community development and culture survival issues, he has conducted indigenous leadership trainings in other Andean countries and is a founding member of CINPRODH, a human rights organization in Temuco. Mr. Painecura is a Mapuche retrafe (silverwork artist) and consultant to the Smithsonian and the Royal London Museum on their Mapuche silverwork art collections. He is the owner of Ruka Kimun, a Mapuche cultural training and indigenous tourism business and holds a degree in design from the Universidad Católica-Temuco.
Malva-marina Pedrero Sanhueza, Educational Excursion Coordinator (Northern Chile)
Ms. Pedrero is currently a co-researcher on a United Nations Economic Commission, specifically on the Latin America project entitled “Epidemiological research models with a socio-cultural focus- Phase III”. From 2007 to 2008, she was a coordinator of the Health and Indigenous People’s Health Service in Arica and also has worked as a consultant to CONADI, Chile’s National Indigenous Development Agency. Ms. Pedrero is a faculty member at the Universidad de Tarapacá and researcher at the Taller de Estudios Andinos in Arica, Chile. She is the author of Perfil epidemiológico básico de la poblacion aymara del Servicio de Salud Iquique (Chilean Ministry of Health, 2008) and “Perfil Epidemiológico básico: Pueblos Kawésqar, Yamana, y Mapuche - Williche, Región de Magallanes” 2009. Ms. Pedrero holds a licentiate degree in anthropology from the Universidad Austral de Chile in Valdivia.
Lecturers for this program typically include:
Camila Maturana, Lecturer on gender justice
Ms. Maturana holds a law degree from the University of Chile and is a specialist in the areas of human rights for women and gender justice. She currently works for the NGO Humanas, which promotes and defends the human rights of women and gender equality in Chile and throughout Latin America. Ms. Maturana is coordinator of Humanas’ parliamentary monitoring program.
Dr. Mario Garcés Durán, Lecturer on Chile’s urban squatters’ movement
Dr. Garcés is a historian and professor at the University of Santiago, specializing in Chilean popular movements. He is the founder and current director of the NGO Educación y Comunicaciones (ECO). Dr. Garcés is the author of several books including Tomando su sitio. El movimiento de pobladores de Santiago, 1957 – 1970 (2002); Historia de los derechos humanos en Chile; and La explosión de las mayorías: Protesta nacional 1983-1984. He holds a doctorate in history from the University of Chile.
Miriam Olguín Tenorio, Lecturer on Chile’s urban squatters’ movement
Ms. Olguín is currently a professor of Chilean contemporary history at the University of Santiago and co-director of the NGO Educación y Comunicaciones (ECO). ECO works on education and social science research with low-resource communities in Santiago. She holds a master’s degree in development studies from Catholic Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium and a licentiate degree in history from the University of Chile.
Víctor Toledo Llancaqueo, Lecturer on indigenous peoples
Mr. Toledo is a professor of indigenous history at the Universidad ARCIS in Santiago, Chile. Additionally, he is director of the Centro de Políticas Publicas y Derechos Indigenas in Santiago as well as coordinator of the International Working Group of Indigenous Movements and Democracy in Latin America; coordinator for the Latin American Council of Social Sciences (CLACSO); and a consultant to the United Nations Economic Commission on Latin America for Indigenous Rights. He holds a degree in history from the University of Chile.
Hugo Gutiérrez, Lecturer on human rights
Mr. Gutiérrez holds a law degree from the Universidad de Conception. He is an expert lawyer in human rights having actively participated in the defense of the families of the "Disappeared" Prisoners since 1980 as well as in the legal team that brought the case against Augusto Pinochet for crimes against humanity. He is an adjunct professor of law at the Universidad ARCIS in Santiago. From 1989 to 2000, Mr. Gutiérrez worked for the human rights organization CODEPU. He is a member of the American Association of Jurists. In 2009, he was elected deputy (i.e., representative) to the Chilean Congress representing the Iquique area.
Duration: 15 weeks
Program Base: Valparaiso
Language Study: Spanish
Prerequisites: 3 semesters Spanish Read more...
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