Kevin Santos Flores
Coordinator for the Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez, Oregon State University
It was at the halfway mark of his tenure as an undergrad at Cal State Fullerton that Kevin decided to declare a second major in Latin American Studies (his other major was Political Science.) His introduction to the major came when he enrolled in LTAM 300 due to his desire and curiosity better understand U.S. – Latin American relations, and because he and his family are originally from Central America.
“The course was a great experience because I was able to have class discussions and study topics that I really enjoyed.” Kevin explains, adding, “Professor Sandra Perez’s kindness and leadership created an environment in which I felt that I was able to thrive in and pursue ideas in which I was later able to present at a student conference.” At the end of the semester, declaring a second major seemed like a no-brainer for Kevin.
After commencement, Kevin decided to continue his education and earned a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Ohio University. From there he has held a variety of different professional positions that include teaching at Humboldt State University, and most recently serving as the Coordinator for the Centro Cultural Cesar Chavez at Oregon State University.
Kevin believes that the Latin American Studies program has played a huge part in his professional success, stating “my degree has prepared me in many ways to continue on in other areas that I have worked in since graduating in 2008. The interdisciplinary nature of the program was influential in my learning because I was better able to learn about Latin America and the world by analyzing issues from different points of analysis.”
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