Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Association
All Hispanic Studies graduate students are members of the Hispanic Studies Graduate Student Association (HIGSA). The purpose of this organization is to address common professional concerns and promote unity amongst graduate students in order to facilitate their life in the department. HIGSA officers also serve on faculty and university-wide committees as representatives of the Hispanic Studies graduate students. HIGSA Constitution and Bi-Laws can be found here.
HIGSA organizes a series of programmed events that serve the needs of students at all stages of their graduate career.
- Mentorship Program: This program connects new Hispanic Studies graduate students with peers who have several years of experience in the department. Its purpose is to address academic and personal concerns specific to Hispanic Studies graduate students in order to ease their transition to graduate studies at the University of Kentucky. The Mentorship Program serves as a supplement to resources available through other university services.
- Master's Reading List Club: The Master's Reading List is the foundation of the MA and PhD qualifying exams. In order to help students to prepare for these exams, HIGSA organizes a series of hour-long study sessions based upon the Master's Reading List. A professor from the department hosts these sessions by leading a discussion of major themes, historical events and critical debates that characterize his or her subfield. They are held throughout the academic year.
- Professional Development Workshops: The purpose of this workshop series is to assist advanced ABDs as they prepare to go on the job market. They are organized in conjunction with the Director of Graduate Studies during the Fall of each academic year. Topics include: preparing the CV, teaching portfolio and letter of interest. Students also participate in mock interviews.
- Nuestro Rumbo: This event provides students and faculty with a forum to showcase their work and hear about the research of their peers/students/professors. Once a semester, two professors and two ABD students are invited to give a brief presentation about their current projects to the rest of the department. Following each presentation, attendees have the opportunity to ask questions about or comment upon the material presented. Nuestro Rumbo promotes intellectual collaboration amongst all of the scholars of the Hispanic Studies department.
Officers are elected annually, during the spring of each academic session. The officers for the 2015-2016 school year are as follows.
Juan Fernandez, President
Vacant, Vice President
Alicia Juncos, Secretary
Silvia Encinas, Treasurer