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Mirla Gonzalez
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Mirla González is a graduate student and teaching assistant at the University of Kansas. She obtained a Bachelor’s of Science in Biomedical Science and Spanish from Marist College. She is an advocate for language instruction and 21st century service-learning.

In 2011 Mirla authored two location-based games for the iPad for the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at Marist College and spearheaded a service-learning project for the Gomez Mill House in Marlboro, New York which is the oldest Jewish settlement in North America. In 2012, she presented her work at the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

While at Marist she was a member of the Dean’s Circle, Emerging Leader’s Program, Ambassador’s Program, Phi Delta Epsilon, Campus Ministry and a volunteer for the Astor Head Start Program in Poughkeepsie. She also worked as a Research and Teaching Assistant for the Department of Spanish, an Assistant for the Center for Lifetime Study, and a tutor for the Academic Learning Center.

Mirla will continue to work to merge Spanish service-learning with technology and to create partnerships between institutions in the United States and Latin America in order to foster unique mutual learning opportunities for both.

Blog Entries by Mirla Gonzalez

Amidst Economic Crisis, Spanish Royal Family Visits EEUU

(0) Comments | Posted June 21, 2012 | 1:49 PM

As can be seen through the recent slew of headlines, Europe, home to some of the world's greatest economic powerhouses, is currently dealing with some of the shakiest economies in its history. One of the nations experiencing the worst financial crisis is Spain. Given the continuous downward spiral...

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Education Reform: Language and Technology vs. STEM

(5) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 9:45 AM

As we get closer to the presidential election, organizations and individuals are once again appealing to officials for an education reform. Over the past few years there has been a push for Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) programs. What about a push for language instruction?

Although a...

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Science, Language and Technology: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

(2) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 10:52 AM

Having double majored in Biomedical Science and Spanish as an undergraduate, I learned about the widening disparity between the developed and developing worlds and also witnessed an unhealthy chasm between science and the humanities. Consequently, I came to appreciate that while science and technology are instrumental in the development of...

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A Multifaceted Path

(2) Comments | Posted August 10, 2011 | 3:14 PM

I stood with my mother, at the age of six, in a line that extended beyond the doors of El Salvador's military hospital. We were at the mercy of physicians that weighed each infant's chance of survival and decided who would receive treatment. This experience spurred me to go to...

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