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Considerations And Reflections On Being A Brazilian - Latina Expressive Arts Therapist Working In Usa, Maiara Bastos 2021 Lesley University

Considerations And Reflections On Being A Brazilian - Latina Expressive Arts Therapist Working In Usa, Maiara Bastos

Expressive Therapies Capstone Theses

This paper focuses on the experience of being a Latina expressive arts therapist working in the United States of America (USA). Through literature review and a personal art-based research process, the definitions of identities, therapeutic relationships, and microaggression are discussed and explored. This paper is theoretically grounded in the notion of expressive arts therapy and gestalt therapy as a means to understand the author’s experiences in the field of counseling. Autoethnography and art-based inquiry are used to conceptualize microaggressions within the therapeutic relationship.

With the intent of increasing awareness about the author’s identities, the expressive arts were used ...


Architectural + Language: Breaking Barriers And Creating Cultural Dialogue, Maria de los Angeles Delgado Bailon 2021 Kennesaw State University

Architectural + Language: Breaking Barriers And Creating Cultural Dialogue, Maria De Los Angeles Delgado Bailon

Bachelor of Architecture Theses - 5th Year

When I was 11 years old, I moved back to the United States, after having spent my whole childhood in Ecuador, my parents native land. I was moving back to the land of opportunity in the search for the so called ‘American Dream’. It was difficult to leave and move to a new place where we did not know anyone or have anything, but just the idea of a going back to my hometown piqued my curiosity and excitement. I remember very vividly, the day I left Ecuador. I remember telling myself to be happy, because this was a moment ...


Constructing The Panama Canal: A Brief History, Ian E. Phillips 2021 Cleveland State University

Constructing The Panama Canal: A Brief History, Ian E. Phillips

The Downtown Review

Seeking to commemorate the construction of the Panama Canal, an engineering marvel widely considered a contender for the eighth wonder of the world, this article attempts to retell the story of the Canal's construction by synthesizing a narrative centered on the Canal under French and American leadership, worker segregation, and labor conditions at the Isthmus.


Seeking Asylum In A Modern Society: Global Responses To Latin American Migration, Rebecca Dickinson 2021 University of Rhode Island

Seeking Asylum In A Modern Society: Global Responses To Latin American Migration, Rebecca Dickinson

Senior Honors Projects

The United States is no stranger to asylum seekers and refugees. The most famous seaport in the country houses a 305-foot-tall statue of a woman bearing a torch with words from the poem The New Colossus by Emma Lazarus etched at her feet: “‘Give me your tired, your poor, /Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.’”[1] The Statue of Liberty is a symbolic representation of open arms to immigrants from all walks of life. But if everyone is welcome, why do so few actually gain entrance?

US interventionism policies in the 20th century have defined the lives of millions ...


Treatment Access For Dual Diagnosis Substance Use And Mental Health Disorders, Pedro Banuelos 2021 California State University, San Bernardino

Treatment Access For Dual Diagnosis Substance Use And Mental Health Disorders, Pedro Banuelos

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

In 2018, of 1.3 million Latinx adults in the United States facing concurrent issues with substance use disorders (SUD) and mental health disorders (MHD) 93% remained untreated for either diagnosis. This is concerning since Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) data reveals that this population is at greater risk for suicidal thoughts, plans, and attempts. They also face structural barriers such as employment, housing, legal involvement, and insurability that further impede access to treatment.

This study’s purpose was to examine barriers to accessing treatment for Latinx populations confronting co-occurring SUDs and MHDs. This study used a ...


Disparities In Access To Assisted Reproductive Technology Among Hispanic Women In The United States, Madison Gallagher 2021 University of South Dakota

Disparities In Access To Assisted Reproductive Technology Among Hispanic Women In The United States, Madison Gallagher

Honors Thesis

Infertility is a health problem that affects approximately 7 million women in the United States (Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, 2015). Due to the high costs of reproductive medicine and infertility treatment, these services tend to be expensive and have limited accessibility without full insurance coverage. Emerging literature outlines the disparities in access to proper treatment for reproductive complications. These existing studies highlight that many minority populations in the United States experience increased challenges regarding access to reproductive medicine and infertility treatment. Among these minority groups are Hispanic women, who are more likely to require reproductive ...


La Llorona, Picante Pero Sabroso: The Mexican Horror Legend As A Story Of Survival And A Reclamation Of The Monster, Camille Maria Acosta 2021 Western Kentucky University

La Llorona, Picante Pero Sabroso: The Mexican Horror Legend As A Story Of Survival And A Reclamation Of The Monster, Camille Maria Acosta

Masters Theses & Specialist Projects

For centuries, the relationship between Mexico and its infatuation with scary stories has been profoundly complex, but why? Perhaps it is the easiest way to communicate a Mexican culture, although proud and resilient, riddled with haunting narratives. For myself personally, the Mexican horror narrative La Llorona has served as a lens for conversation and communication that is unique and important.

In this thesis, I explore how Mexicans and Mexican Americans alike use the legend of La Llorona as a unique form of communication through personifying what truly haunts us. From using the narrative as a tool for entertainment, cautionary tales ...


No Estoy Sola (I Am Not Alone): Addressing Gender-Based Violence Through Community-Based Theater, Annel A. Mena 2021 University of Texas at El Paso

No Estoy Sola (I Am Not Alone): Addressing Gender-Based Violence Through Community-Based Theater, Annel A. Mena

Pathways: A Journal of Humanistic and Social Inquiry

In this article, I analyze how women at the border city of El Paso address the #MeToo movement and gender-based violence through community-based theatre. By using testimonios and performance ethnography, I analyze the power of storytelling to create awareness of gender-based violence on the border and ability to create solidarity. The theater has become an effective way of addressing such a stigmatized topic. The performance of the theater has inspired a workshop that is now used to help survivors heal their wounds by understanding that they are not alone.


The Shame Framework: Queer Faith In Ana Castillo’S So Far From God, Isabella M. Montes 2021 Florida International University

The Shame Framework: Queer Faith In Ana Castillo’S So Far From God, Isabella M. Montes

Pathways: A Journal of Humanistic and Social Inquiry

This work focuses on queer faith and how queer persons who have struggled with traditional values, public opinion, and lingering violence due to their sexuality, can reclaim their space and voices within religious communities. By redefining purity, exploring an alternative belief system though hybrid spirituality, and understanding the connection between pride and shame, queer persons can establish a dynamic framework, that allows for queer faith to be employed as a method of agency. This is analyzed through a literary perspective, focusing on the work of Ana Castillo’s novel, So Far From God.


Traditional And Nontraditional Activism: Literary And Political Pedagogies Of La Chicana, Anahi Ponce 2021 The University of Texas at Austin

Traditional And Nontraditional Activism: Literary And Political Pedagogies Of La Chicana, Anahi Ponce

Pathways: A Journal of Humanistic and Social Inquiry

Yxta Maya Murray’s Locas and Felicia Luna Lemus’s Trace Elements of Random Tea Parties both grapple with themes relating to the impact of Malinchismo experienced by real-life Chicanas in both political and cultural discourses. Despite this parallel, these texts and their characters have not received critical attention in the field of Chicana Literature when compared with texts such as Sandra Cisneros’s The House on Mango Street. The womxn in these texts have similarly been stripped from narratives of activism because of their evocation of nontraditional forms of activism, which are often overlooked in comparison to more traditional ...


Establishing A Fixed Home: The Attempt At Identity Completion In Alvarez’S "Antojos" And Menéndez’S "Her Mother's House", Anaridia R. Molina 2021 Florida International University

Establishing A Fixed Home: The Attempt At Identity Completion In Alvarez’S "Antojos" And Menéndez’S "Her Mother's House", Anaridia R. Molina

Pathways: A Journal of Humanistic and Social Inquiry

Immigrant experiences are often characterized by identity anxiety and a corresponding longing to identify a single place to call “home.” In Julia Alvarez’s "Antojos" and Ana Menéndez’s "Her Mother's House," the main characters return to their native or ancestral land in search of a space to claim as home, and relatedly, a permanent location for a fixed identity in the Caribbean. This paper examines how in these works, typically unbeknownst to the protagonists themselves, establishing a home regularly takes the form of securing what they perceive to be “wholeness” and “completion.” I argue that the texts reveal ...


¡Estás Calurosa, Te Vas A Pasmar!: Niños Mayas Como Expertos En Salud Y Enfermedad, Deira Jiménez-Balam, María Dolores Cervera Montejano, Fidencio Briceño Chel 2021 Kennesaw State University

¡Estás Calurosa, Te Vas A Pasmar!: Niños Mayas Como Expertos En Salud Y Enfermedad, Deira Jiménez-Balam, María Dolores Cervera Montejano, Fidencio Briceño Chel

Maya America: Journal of Essays, Commentary, and Analysis

Presentamos resultados de un estudio sobre los saberes y prácticas de niños mayas en torno a salud y enfermedad. El objetivo es describir sus conceptualizaciones sobre la salud, las enfermedades que conocen, sus causas, tratamiento y prevención. El estudio lo realizamos con 12 niños mayas de Noh-Cah, Quintana Roo, México, que tenían entre 6 y 12 años. La metodología consistió en la elaboración de dibujos y entrevistas. Los resultados mostraron que para los niños estar sano significa estar felices y hacer lo que les gusta (jugar al aire libre o tomar bebidas frías). Los niños describieron enfermedades reconocidas por el ...


Pinturas Del Artista Plástico Maya, Marcelo Jiménez Santos 2021 Kennesaw State University

Pinturas Del Artista Plástico Maya, Marcelo Jiménez Santos

Maya America: Journal of Essays, Commentary, and Analysis

Originario de la comunidad maya de Noh Cah, en el municipio de Felipe Carrillo Puerto, en el estado de Quintana Roo, México. Desde 1976 hasta la fecha, han sido incontables las exposiciones pictóricas en las que ha participado, ya en forma individual, ya en forma colectiva y su labor pictórica, didáctica, de promoción, gestión y difusión cultural ha sido ininterrumpida. Sus acciones en el contexto de la creación, promoción y difusión han contribuido para que las propuestas del arte y cultura maya actual tengan presencia en nuevos escenarios y destinatarios, tanto en el ámbito cultural local, regional, nacional e internacional.


Nota Introductoria, Adriana Cruz-Manjarrez, Ana Bella Pérez Castro 2021 Kennesaw State University

Nota Introductoria, Adriana Cruz-Manjarrez, Ana Bella Pérez Castro

Maya America: Journal of Essays, Commentary, and Analysis

Spanish Introductory Note


Complete Issue Maya America Vol. 3 Iss. 1, Adriana Cruz-Manjarrez, Ana Bella Pérez Castro 2021 Kennesaw State University

Complete Issue Maya America Vol. 3 Iss. 1, Adriana Cruz-Manjarrez, Ana Bella Pérez Castro

Maya America: Journal of Essays, Commentary, and Analysis

The complete first issue of Volume 3 of Maya America


Introductory Note, Adriana Cruz-Manjarrez, Ana Bella Pérez Castro 2021 Kennesaw State University

Introductory Note, Adriana Cruz-Manjarrez, Ana Bella Pérez Castro

Maya America: Journal of Essays, Commentary, and Analysis

English Introductory Note


“Aquí La Haces, Aquí La Pagas”: La Ética De La Palabra En Algunos Exempla Del Yucatán Contemporáneo, Abrahan Jesús Collí Tun 2021 Kennesaw State University

“Aquí La Haces, Aquí La Pagas”: La Ética De La Palabra En Algunos Exempla Del Yucatán Contemporáneo, Abrahan Jesús Collí Tun

Maya America: Journal of Essays, Commentary, and Analysis

El presente artículo explora la tradición oral yucateca contemporánea y se enfoca en algunos géneros didácticos relacionados con la performatividad enunciativa y con las retóricas corporales en contextos premorten, para dilucidar algunas pautas axiológicas de los narradores y la forma en que aquellos inciden en la confección de marcos éticos y morales sobre la comunicación en sus contextos sociales.


Los Conflictos Del Gran Consejo Maya: Dinámicas De La Relación Entre Los Mayas Macehuales Y El Estado De Quintana Roo, Hilda Landrove Torres 2021 Kennesaw State University

Los Conflictos Del Gran Consejo Maya: Dinámicas De La Relación Entre Los Mayas Macehuales Y El Estado De Quintana Roo, Hilda Landrove Torres

Maya America: Journal of Essays, Commentary, and Analysis

En los dos últimos años, los ‘dignatarios’ mayas macehuales de la zona central de Quintana Roo se han visto enfrentados a un conflicto que ha causado una profunda división. El objetivo del presente artículo es explorar, a través de un acercamiento etnográfico complementado con información histórica, la relación entre el grupo maya macehual y las instituciones creadas para atender a las comunidades mayas del Estado de Quintana Roo, así como los mecanismos que permiten regular la actuación de los jefes que forman parte de dichas instituciones. Poniendo atención fundamentalmente en los mecanismos que son puestos en juego en dicha relación ...


La Universidad Ixil Y La Descolonización Del Conocimiento, Giovanni Batz 2021 Kennesaw State University

La Universidad Ixil Y La Descolonización Del Conocimiento, Giovanni Batz

Maya America: Journal of Essays, Commentary, and Analysis

La academia es considerada por muchos como un eje del colonialismo que monopoliza la producción del conocimiento. Fuera de las paredes de la torre de marfil de la academia, existen muchos esfuerzos de las comunidades indígenas y grupos marginados para crear sus propias formas y espacios de producción de conocimiento y educación. Los Mayas en la región Ixil, Guatemala están teorizando y debatiendo estas preguntas sobre las funciones de la educación a través de la Universidad Ixil, fundada en 2011, y la cual se esfuerza por enseñar a los estudiantes formas del conocimiento Maya-Ixil, sus saberes, valores y tichajil (el ...


Soy El Hijo Del Sol, Jesus Cristobal Pat Chable (Pat Boy) 2021 Kennesaw State University

Soy El Hijo Del Sol, Jesus Cristobal Pat Chable (Pat Boy)

Maya America: Journal of Essays, Commentary, and Analysis

En 2009 inicio su carrera de rapero como solista, promoviendo su primer rap en lengua maya. Eligió su nombre artístico Pat Boy, ya que “Pat” significa darle forma a algo o crear algo nuevo, una palabra en la lengua de sus ancestros mayas (como Jacinto Pat) que fueron luchadores de a guerra social maya. Su trabajo se enfoca en el fortalecimiento de la lengua maya y con sus canciones la difunde más allá de las fronteras para los jóvenes y personas de todas las edades. Si objetivo es llegar a nuevos horizontes, marcando su propio estilo. Sus temas hablan sobre ...


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