- Master of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Studies (with honors), University of Kansas, 2003
I pursued a Master’s Degree in Latin American and Caribbean Studies as part of my preparation for a public service career. Through the program, I learned not only about the history, politics, and cultures of Latin America, but also strengthened my capacity to conduct independent research, read critically, and develop concise, well-supported written products. As an Investigator with the U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration, which enforces federal statutes that apply to private-sector employee benefit plans, I utilize these research and analytical skills on a daily basis. Also, though not as frequently, I am able to provide assistance directly to Spanish-speaking plan participants or employers who wish to provide their Spanish-speaking employees with information regarding their benefit options.
I am very grateful for the instruction and guidance that I received as a graduate student within the program. I believe that the program has played no small part in my career development by providing me with unique expertise that my current employer found very attractive.