University of San Diego Alumni Association Creates Bilingual Podcast for Children that Soars in Popularity During COVID-19 Pandemic

Looking to stay connected with their alumni community at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of San Diego Alumni Association created a podcast for children, catching the eyes and ears of parents and kids around the world.

The Tiny Toreros Storytime podcast was created by USD’s director of international engagement and alumni outreach, Claudia Iracema Gonzales, who is an alumna herself. “It was a very natural thing for me to do. I’m bilingual and bicultural, and I represent the University of San Diego, an institution of higher learning on the border with Mexico — how could the podcast not be bilingual?” explained Gonzales.

The idea was born out of a desire to connect with children like her own nieces “in a way that was meaningful for both adult and child”, especially as the country began to shut down due to the pandemic.  More than 50 episodes later, the podcast is produced out of Gonzales’ home, and has been downloaded more than 8,000 times in over 30 countries.  It was also recently named one of the best podcasts for children by Discover Pods due to its bilingual content.

Gonzales selects books both in Spanish and English that best embody the University of San Diego’s mission and vision.

“I’ve been able to share stories about self-esteem, about compassion, about caring for your pets, about caring for the planet. I have been able to find themes of empathy in books, and all of these things address the core value of who and what USD is.” 

In celebration of Women’s History Month and marking the one-year anniversary of Tiny Toreros Storytime, the podcast will be featuring women and alumni authors through the end of March. 

A new episode of the Tiny Toreros Storytime podcast can be downloaded weekly, for free, anywhere podcasts are offered. 

For more information you can visit the USD Alumni Association.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 9,000 students from 69 countries and 50 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. The university's eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD's Envisioning 2024 strategic plan capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


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