Congratulations to our Fall 2020 BCNM Graduates!

07 Dec, 2020

Congratulations to our Fall 2020 BCNM Graduates!

Congratulations to our Fall 2020 BCNM graduates, jazmin calderón torres and Yairamen Roman Maldonado! jazmin graduates with a B.A. in Anthropology and the Undergraduate Certificate in New Media. Yairamen graduates with a Ph.D in Latin American & Caribbean Literatures with a Designated Emphasis in New Media. We’re so proud of jazmin and Yairamen and look forward to all the incredible things they’ll do next. Keep reading to learn more about their amazing work!

jazmin calderón torres

Jazmin Calderón Torres is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology focusing on Sustainable Environmental Design and Conservation Resource Studies. jazmin is interested in building capacity to utilize skills of design innovation and new media to creatively engage issues at the intersections of data bias, environmental racism, climate chaos, and food apartheid. Hoping to reimagine systems collapse and support the construction of tangible alternative future imaginaries, jazmin is involved in numerous new media projects including Lead to Life and the Peoples Alchemy Lab.

Yairamen Roman Maldonado

While completing her doctoral degree in Latin American & Caribbean Literatures and New Media at UC-Berkeley, Yaira engaged in digital storytelling collaborations with immigrant communities in the San Diego/Tijuana border and with underserved youth living in Puerto Rico. Additionally, her publications include work about countercultural digital media practices, unequal access to technology and digital literacy in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her dissertation, titled "Indebted Pasts, Alternative Futures: Caribbean Digital Imaginations in Twenty-First Century Literature", offers innovative insights about the importance of global south digital media practices and literatures to advance decolonial new media theories and scholarship. Yaira is currently working full time as a Communications and Digital Media Strategist in the non-profit sector in California, where she collaborates alongside activists, scholars and other stakeholders to advance the rights of immigrant working women. Her future plans include working in the non-profit sector, as an independent researcher and as a creative writer to keep building anti-colonial narratives and digital media practices that center on the self-determination, stories and voices of BIPOC communities.