My name is Claritza Maldonado (she/her). I am an interdisciplinary educator, researcher, creative writer, curator, and coordinator. I serve as an Assistant Director at the Multicultural Center since October 2022. In my role, I work to support all students of color, with a primary focus on supporting Latinx/e students. I create resources, content, curriculum and opportunities for students. In other words, I care about imagining and creating more just and equitable futures.
Born and raised in Chicago, I am a proud first-generation college student. I am currently a PhD Candidate in American Studies at Brown University. Broadly, I work within Caribbean Studies and Afro-Latinx Studies and think relationally across oceans and geopolitical boundaries. In particular, I write about and am accountable to Puerto Rico and the Puerto Rican diaspora's many cultural geographies, memories, and imaginaries. I also hold an MA in Public Humanities from Brown University and a BA in Linguistics with a minor in Latina/o Studies from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Throughout my graduate study, I have worked as a teaching assistant and instructor for various Ethnic Studies and American Studies courses, worked as Graduate Student Coordinator for the Sarah Doyle Center for Women and Gender, and as a Spalter Teaching Fellow at the RISD Museum for School + Teacher Programs (K-12 Education). I am proud of my education, teaching, and creative practices—and the collective love that is threaded through it all. You can ask me about poetry, public humanities, murals, museums, libraries, archives, and collage.