SALALM Conference Attendance Scholarship Winners 2024

It is our pleasure to announce the winners of the 2024 SALALM Conference Scholarship: Miranda Irizarry, Rosa de Jong, and Maria Guadalupe Partida.

Miranda Irizarry
 Miranda will graduate from San Jose State University in May 2024 with a master's degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS). She holds a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz and an M.A. from University of Texas, San Antonio, both in Latin American history. Her interest in librarianship and archival work began while she was completing her master's degree in San Antonio. Her work highlighted the erasure of the indigenous communities from El Salvador's national identity.
As she immersed herself in her project, she resolved to delve into the realm of archives and libraries, recognizing their pivotal role in addressing the systematic marginalization and exclusion of indigenous peoples and minorities from national histories and archives. While finishing her MLIS degree, she began to explore issues of information access and outreach for minority populations in the U.S., particularly the Latin American diaspora.
Currently, Miranda works as a Library Specialist at Stanford University where she processes interlibrary loan requests, bringing collections from across the world to Stanford's patrons.

Rosa de Jong
Rosa de Jong is a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin (UT), where she will complete a dual master's program in Information Studies and Latin American Studies in May 2025. Her research focuses on community and digital archives, specifically in the context of archiving political violence in the Mexico-US border regions. In 2023, Rosa completed a Digital Scholarship Internship at the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, where she curated a digital exhibit to showcase archival materials highlighting the history of Chicana/o labor mobilizations in the Texas-Mexico borderlands. Prior to attending graduate school, Rosa worked at a community-based non-profit representing detained migrants in their fight against deportation.
Rosa is a Digital Processing and Metadata Graduate Research Assistant at the Benson Latin American Collection where she processes, preserves, and describes born-digital materials.

Maria Guadalupe Partida

Maria Guadalupe Partida is a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is pursuing a dual masters degree in global policy studies (MGPS) and information studies (MSIS). Lupita was born and raised in the bordertown of Laredo, Texas, and is the daughter of Mexican immigrants. Previously, she has worked with local, national, and international government and nonprofit entities, including the U.S. House of Representatives. After completing her BA in political science, Lupita was a Junior and Huntington Fellow at the Library of Congress's Hispanic Reading Room, where she co-published StoryMaps, blogs, and resource guides and co-hosted a podcast season. Lupita is currently a graduate research assistant (GRA) at the Benson Latin American Collection, where she engages in collection development efforts, answers bilingual reference questions, and assists in exhibitions and undergraduate instruction.