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MALAS Student Profile: Alin Badillo-Carrillo

Among the new master's students whom the LAII welcomed in fall 2016, Alin Badillo-Carrillo comes to the program with extensive community activism experience and hopes to focus on studying and creating health programs and health equity in underserved communities.

Alin Badillo Carrillo received her B.A. in International Studies and Environmental and Natural Resources with minors in Chicano Studies and Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Wyoming.

Born in Mexico, Alin grew up in San José Cuamantzingo Tlaxcala. At the age of 8, she and her family moved to Wyoming, a primarily White state, where she became increasingly interested in Latin America, Latin Americans, and other member of her raza. This focus manifested in her studies at the University of Wyoming, where she took classes such as Revolutions in Latin America and Latin American Civilizations as part of her degree. In the summer of 2015, Alin came to the University of New Mexico (UNM) for the first time when she attended the Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) Summer Institute. After this experience, she realized she felt at home in the Albuquerque community. This, more than anything, prompted her to apply to UNM, and has propelled her to pursue her master's degree in Latin American Studies, focusing her education on members of her own community and volunteering with the Raza Graduate Student Association (RGSA).

As a graduate assistant at the LAII, Alin works as the Student Coordinator of the Student Organization for Latin American Studies (SOLAS) and supports the LAII's K-12 programming and outreach.

Upon graduation, Alin hopes to work towards creating better health programs and health equity in communities of color, and eventually intends to obtain a Ph.D. in a health-related field.

To read other profiles, see the LAII's graduate student directory.

Image: Photograph reprinted with permission from Alin Badillo-Carrillo

--Posted September 29, 2016.