2020-2021 Research Assistants and Interns

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Arte Público Press/Recovering the US Hispanic Heritage welcomes its 2020-2021 Research Assistants (RAs), undergraduate interns and volunteers.* RAs, interns and volunteers gain specialized training with regard to archives, archival scanning, document preservation, description protocols, metadata creation, databases, archival research, data curation and digital humanities platforms.

Graduate Student Research Assistants

Roselia Bañuelos, MSW/PhD student, Graduate College of Social Work. “What I’m most looking forward to at Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Program is being part of a project that is resurrecting the voices of our ancestors. I believe that life is created by the stories we share and what an honor to be part of a project that is revisiting history so we may have a more complete story to our beginnings.”

Chris Flakus, MFA student, Creative Writing-Fiction. “As a long time admirer of Arte Publico Press, I am thrilled to begin working as a Research Assistant with this unique and culturally essential press.”

Julio Antonio Molinete, PhD student, Hispanic Studies, Creative Writing. “Working at Recovery gives me the opportunity to to get closer to our community’s history and culture in the United States. It will provide me with personal and professional improvement. It represents standing on the threshold of the door to infinite knowledge. It is gratefulness itself.”

Elias David Navarro, PhD student, Hispanic Studies, Creative Writing. “What I like about my job is that I am able to see and recover a big display of topics regarding our Latino heritage.”

María Sánchez Carbajo, PhD student,  Hispanic Studies. “I started to collaborate with the Recovery Program in January 2019. Back then, I thought that recovering and granting public access to so many forgotten–and hidden– Hispanic materials in the US could be interesting; now I am passionate about it and feel truly honored to be part of the  adventure. The opportunity to physically touch literary jewels, to learn digital humanities tools and to meet major scholars is proving to be priceless not only for my academic carrier, but also  for my personal enrichment.”

Alonzo Silavong, PhD student, Hispanic Studies. “I would like to work for APP because, as a child of immigrants, I was born and raised biculturally in the US and see the importance of recovering and preserving the literary contributions of Latinx writers. It is very important to recognize the crucial role that US Hispanics have had in forming the cultural identity of our nation.”

Undergraduate Interns

Ariatna Vaglienty González, Undergraduate student, Liberal Arts and Political Science. “I am excited to start working at Recovery because I hope to gain a deeper understanding of the Hispanic history and culture within the United States. I can’t wait to catch a glimpse of the past, grow that much closer to our culture, and help tell the stories of those who enriched it.”

Katerin Zapata, Undergraduate student, Liberal Studies. “I first interned with Arte Publico thanks to SER Jobs for Progress’s summer youth internship training program summer 2019 after graduating from high school. I want to continue working with Recovery because as a Salvadoran first-generation student, I realize the importance of uplifting voices that need to be heard. My hope is that through the support of the incredible staff and researchers at APP, I can develop as a writer, transform into a confident scholar and grow as a human being.”


Carlos Campos, Undergraduate student, Sociology, UH. “I am interested in applying my learning to support recovering a deeper understanding of Mexican American society during the 20th century. As a Mexican American, any form of support I can give to efforts of my culture/community, such as Recovery, is something I am happy to provide.”

Bryant Hernandez, Undergraduate student, Supply Chain Management, Houston Community College. “What I love about working with the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage Program is how we are continuing to rediscover our own roots in Hispanic culture by connecting directly with our own past history, and its voices and stories, and what that means in defining our own future as a growing culture in America. It’s our responsibility to always help preserve that history for future generations.”


*Due to COVID-19, staff and students are taking all necessary precautions as outlined by the University of Houston. This includes virtual work, alternating work schedules that limit the number of people in the building, the mandatory use of masks, virtual meetings and adherence to cleaning protocols.

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