Assistant Director, Intersections
Where did you grow up? Why aren’t you there now?
I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay and I grew up in Miami, FL. I’m not there now because I failed to remember warmer weather is where I truly thrive. Now I’ve been bamboozled, hoodwinked, led astray to stay in Boston because of both my husband’s and my careers. I’m obviously kidding - I do love Boston, but I try to make it back to Miami as often as I am able.
What path brought you to BC?
After completing my undergraduate at the University of Florida, I moved to Boston for a year of service through City Year/Americorps. I worked as a college access counselor at a local nonprofit called Bottom Line after that. I knew if I wanted to make any kind of impact in higher education that I would have to further along my studies. I came to Boston College for my master’s at the Lynch School and worked as a graduate assistant at the Women’s Center and the Montserrat Office. BC was dying for me to keep my talents at the Heights and offered me a 5-year $200 million contract so I have been here ever since! In reality, I worked at OIP and now at Intersections, which is an office in Mission and Ministry that helps faculty and staff engage with the Jesuit, Catholic mission of the university.
What are you most passionate about professionally?
I am passionate about providing first-generation, low-income, and/or BIPOC students with transformative college experiences. Whether I’m doing that work directly, like I’ve done in the past working in student affairs or study abroad, or indirectly, like I’m doing now since I work primarily with faculty and staff, that is where my vocation lies.
Where can we find you when you’re not working? What’s your favorite way to spend a weekend or Sunday afternoon?
I’m obsessed with getting a good night’s sleep, so any good weekend has me focused on feeling rested so that it does not end in tragedy (i.e. me being in a bad mood). I love to cook so I have to make some kind of elaborate brunch at home. I don’t like having brunch at a restaurant because I consider it a scam when a dozen eggs costs two dollars at the grocery store. Ideally I’d follow that up with some kind of activity like biking, meeting up with a friend, exploring a new town, shopping, etc. I’d end the day by watching a movie and/or tv show that either enriches my worldview or rots my brain. You know, balance.
Any volunteer activities you’re crazy about?
I love serving as an advocate on the Boston College Sexual Assault Network. I kind of stumbled upon the work while as a graduate assistant at the Women’s Center, and now I’m forever passionate about supporting survivors of gender-based violence.
Who is your hero? Why?
My brother Ricardo is my hero. He is autistic and proud, and he is the funniest, most poignant, most true-to-self person I know. He pushes me to be the kind of person I have always wanted to be.
Who is your mentor? How did you connect with him/her?
I am lucky to have a variety of people I look up to and whose lives I want to emulate, but whom I’ve also tricked to be my friends and conversation partners. These include previous coworkers, old bosses, current coworkers and bosses’ bosses, etc. Like I said, I connected with them and stayed connected with them because I tricked them. Now they are in my life forever and I know I can go to them for conversations on life, love, career, spirituality, justice, and the like. I also like to think these people know they can come to me for anything as well. For example, I really feel like I mentored Katie Dalton recently when I taught her how to post a Story on Instagram.
What’s the most unusual place you’ve visited?
The most unusual (to me) place I’ve ever visited was the Blue Mountain Peak which is the highest mountain in Jamaica and one of the highest peaks in the Caribbean. As I mentioned, I am from Miami which is currently sinking so I am not familiar with mountains and/or hiking. Jamaicans prefer to reach the peak at sunrise so the group I was with started the hike (again, first time hiking) at 1 in the morning in complete darkness. When we reached the summit and watched the sunrise it felt like rebirth. Then, I remembered just as I came up the mountain I had to go back down it. There’s a metaphor there somewhere!
What would be impossible for you to give up?
It would be impossible for me to give up pop culture. Even if I can’t consume or like everything, I at least have to know “of” the newest movies, music, tv shows, memes, trends, etc. I feel like TikTok is the first social media platform I’ve officially aged out of which makes me feel old but I’ve ultimately accepted it.
What’s one thing you want to accomplish before you die?
This is not really an accomplishment, but I really want to attend a World Cup before I die. Hopefully it will be held in South America in 2030 because it’ll be the 100th anniversary of the first World Cup that was hosted and won by Uruguay. Something I’ve already accomplished is winning a World Cup trivia game at a bar but the prize was an Argentina jersey which I gave to my husband since I’d be disowned for wearing that.