Mirla Gonzalez
Graduate Student, University of Kansas

Mirla González is a graduate student and teaching assistant at the University of Kansas. She is also the Editorial Assistant of Acceso, an open-access educational resource for Spanish language and culture. 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.