SONYA M. ALEMÁN, ADVISOR & INSTRUCTOR
I have served as the advisor and instructor for Venceremos since Fall 2008. I earned a B.A. in English / Communications from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, a masters in Journalism from University of Texas at Austin, and her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Utah. I research issues of race and the media, with a particular focus on making room in journalism education for student of color voices. I am the mother of three—Diego, Gema, and Nayeli—and the owner of a Cairn Terrier named Mingo. I love hearing Spanish and English interlaced and layered on top of each other—it sounds like home and family. I love eating salty and sweet things combined—nuts and chocolate, chips and icing, pickles and popcorn. I probably drive a little too fast sometimes—but only because I am frequently running late. One day, I wish I could perform at a ballet folkloriko performance with my children.
FLOR OLIVO, CO-EDITOR
Flor OlivoHi, my name is Flor Olivo. I am a senior journalism student at the University of Utah, with a minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. I came back to school after having two children, now I have 3. I enjoy writing and spending time with my family. I have a blog of our adventures and learning experiences at FlorecitaGrowingUp.Com and contribute to several other E-Magazines and local newspapers.
This year I am the Co-Editor in Chief and am excited to be able to help with Venceremos as much as possible. I know that publications such as this one truly make a difference. I know the Venceremos university course has been the foundation to many of my realizations about what I want to do for the rest of my life. I am planning on graduate school to solidify my understandings of the intersections that exist in newsroom around the U.S. Our writing and stories not only empower our community but they foment feelings of camaraderie and change in college students, such as myself. There have been many before us and I hope there will be many after that will continue to build the Venceremos collective.
JASMINE FIERRO, CO-EDITOR
Jasmine FierroI am a senior at the University of Utah pursuing an Honors English degree, a Spanish major, and a French minor. I have been working at the International Center of the University of Utah as the J-1 Assistant for over a year. I have also been working as an ESL and French tutor for the ASUU Tutoring Center for two years and volunteered as an ESL tutor at Horizonte Instruction and Training Center and Guadalupe Elementary School for a year. I am a member of M.E.Ch.A. (Movimiento Estudiantíl Chicana/o de Aztlán) and multiple honor societies. I hope to begin law school next fall and eventually become an immigration or civil rights attorney.
I am originally from American Fork, UT, and I graduated in 2009 from American Fork High School. My parents are both from Mexico, and we have been to Chihuahua to visit family many times. I played the violin for the University of Utah Campus Symphony Orchestra for two years and play the piano in my spare time. I have always loved reading and writing and usually spend breaks from school reading as much Latin American and Chicana/o literature as I can.
I became interested in working with this paper after I took the Chicana/o Experiences class here at the U because I realized the importance of raising awareness of the history and everyday plight of the Latino community. This newspaper serves as a forum for this and other marginalized groups, thereby opening doors for communication among all members of society. This is my fourth year working with Venceremos and seventh issue. I am currently co-Editor-in-Chief along with Flor Olivo.
ISAAC GIRON, BUSINESS MANAGER
Isaac GironI am originally from East Los Angeles. I have been living here in Salt Lake since I was 12 years old. I graduated from Horizonte Instruction and Training Center and am currently an Economics major at the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College. I have been involved in the anti-war movement and workers rights activism since 2004. In 2006 I was a founding member of the Salt Lake CIty Brown Berets.
I have been involved in Venceremos since 2009, writing articles and distributing the paper. I am a firm believer in peoples right to self determination and I see Venceremos as an avenue to allow communities of color to speak their truth to power.
I am currently the Business Manager for Venceremos. I want to see our paper grow and become a prominent publication on campus and in the community.