Paz Valdivia

MEd TESOL, Literacy and Culture



Expected Graduation Date

Spring 2018

What do you hope to do with your degree, and why?

I would like to stay in the US and work in Community Colleges as an English teacher. I have always admired the amazing opportunity that community colleges provide to thousands of students throughout the country and would love to be part of it.

Any outside obligations (family, military, volunteer work, student organizations, etc)?

Right now I volunteer teaching English to immigrants from the Linda Vista community as part of the Open University initiative led by professor Viviana Alexandrowicz. Most of our students come from Vietnam and are active members of their community. The English that two other colleagues and I teach, focuses on providing them with tools to advocate for the improvement of their community and community members’ life quality.

Tell us about any internships, graduate assistantships, student teaching, practicum or fieldwork you have done through SOLES. Where did you work, what did you do, and how did it impact you?

I am extremely lucky and grateful to be part of the Ubon Ratchathani University Summer Language and Culture Camp in Thailand. The camp will be held in May 2017, where I will stay for one week learning about critical thinking development through community learning, leadership skills and cultural exchange among participants from all over the world. This amazing opportunity would not have been possible if is wasn’t for the University of San Diego’s resources and connections!

Have you completed an international experience? What did you do?

Since I am an international student, I decided to complete my international experience requirement in San Diego. There are many different options for those who decide to opt for the local trips. My first trip was to the Bayside Community Center in Linda Vista, where we got to see how its members work together advocating for social justice. I also participated in the Mexican Border and Tijuana trips, where I got to see the reality of so many families divided by the fence between both countries.