Past Recipients

Latina/o Studies Award for Outstanding Service


Ignacio Corona, Associate Professor Literatures and Cultures of Latin America, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Ignacio Corona was part of the Latina/o Studies Program from its very inception and has remained an active core member of the program ever since. Beyond his scholarly achievements in the areas of political narrative, postnational music identities and the representation of gender violence at the U.S.-Mexico border, Ignacio has consistently contributed to the dynamism of the Latina/o Studies group at OSU by regularly offering the core seminar for our Latina/o Studies Graduate Interdisciplinary Specialization and participating of Latina/o Studies programming and discussions. 


Paloma Martinez-Cruz, Associate Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Paloma Martinez-Cruz has been a core member of the Latina/o Studies community since her arrival at OSU. Beyond her scholarly accomplishments in the areas of performance, popular culture, and borderlands and indigenous studies, Paloma has brought an unequalled richness and dynamism to the Latina/o Studies group and has strengthened our engagement with the community. Paloma has repeatedly and expertly led the popular Día de los Muertos events at OSU, providing a pause for celebration, remembrance, and community during the Fall semester. A two-time member of the Latina/o Studies Advisory Council, she has invested in and supported the pedagogical and intellectual project of Latina/o Studies and helped cement its place in the OSU campus.


Inés Valdez, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences

Professor Valdez has actively contributed to the Latina/o Studies Program since her arrival to OSU in 2012, including by serving in the Advisory Committee twice, bringing Latina/o scholars to campus, and organizing UG-facing programming, notably co-organizing the multiple events (talks, exhibits, and roundtables) commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act.



1) Delia M. Fernandez, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History, College of Arts and Sciences

2) Yalidy M. Matos, Ph.D. candidate, Department of Political Science, College of Arts and Sciences 

Faculty Research Grants


Dr. Elena Foulis, Coordinator, Service-Learning and Heritage Language, Department of Spanish and Portuguese


Latina/o Studies Outstanding Undergraduate Research Paper Award


Dania Dallal, “El repertorio latino abusado” 
Sarah Wade, “Relaughjo” 


1) Gabrielle Elders, Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, “The Journey towards Defining Latinidad”

2) Lucero Galan, Marketing, Fisher College of Business, “The Failures of the American Justice System are Not Issues of the Past”



Edith Fuentes, Criminology and Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences, "Immigration in the United States"

Honorable mention: Nicolette Leon, Spanish, College of Arts and Sciences, “Pragmatic Factors Influencing Existential Determiners in Child Spanish”



1)  Verónica Flores, Spanish and Comparative Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, "Tejano Identity in Forgetting the Alamo, or Blood Memory" - Paper completed for COMPSTD 4804: Latina/o Literature and Culture. 

2)  Tatiana F. Hernández, Individual Program of Study, College of Arts and Sciences, "Salvadoran Deportation and Criminalization" - Paper completed for POLISCI 4455: Human Rights. 

Latina/o Studies Outstanding Graduate Research Paper Award


Paloma Pinillos Chavez, "Perception of Foreign-Accented Spanish in the Medical Setting: Examining the Role of Voice-Onset Time.”
Paola Enríquez Duque, "‘It’s my name, it’s me’: Recent High School graduates’ ideologies about their Hispanic given names.”


1) Marie Lerma, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, College of Arts and Sciences, "Tenable and Inhabitable: The Non-relationship Relationship between Latinx Women, Non-binary People and Mainstream Environmentalism"

2) Victoria Barbosa Olivo, Educational Studies, College of Education and Human Ecology, "Investigating Success: A Historical Analysis of The University of Texas at El Paso"



Jessica Rivera, Higher Education and Student Affairs, College of Education and Human Ecology, "Anti-Blackness Manifesting Itself in the U.S. Education System" - Paper completed for COMPSTD 6390: Comparative and Cultural Studies I. 



Luís F. Macías, Teaching and Learning, College of Education and Human Ecology, "Racial Naturalization (and formation) of Latinas/os in the Midwestern U.S." - Paper completed for COMPSTD 7380: Theorizing the Americas.