Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Katie Gray, '13

Account Representative for Latin America, Intralox

Katie Gray is currently working for Intralox, a world leader in conveyor belting, located in Harahan, Louisiana. At Intralox, Katie is an account representative for the Latin American region, specifically Brazil and Mexico. Through this position, Katie is in daily contact with customers in Latin America and even has yearly travel opportunities to meet customers and better understand their needs. Katie believes that her year abroad and the field research she conducted while in Brazil gave her the confidence and perseverance that helped her get to where she is today.

Katie reflects on her time at Tulane…

Why did you choose to major in Latin American Studies?
I was drawn to Latin American Studies because I wanted to apply my studies of Spanish and International Relations to an area rich in culture and offering dynamic research opportunities. This program offers countless opportunities and activities outside of the classroom, as well as a broad range of options for courses and studies.

How has your background in LAST helped you since graduation?
Having a background in Latin American Studies helps me tremendously each day, as I have a better understanding of the customers I work with and their circumstances in their countries. I am able to relate to the people I speak with daily and visualize the places they live. People are impressed by my language abilities, considering the short time I spent abroad, which speaks to the value of the study abroad programs at Tulane. They are also impressed by my understanding and interest in what is happening in Latin America. Rather than a removed existance connected only through language, I have, because of my time at Tulane with the LAST program, a genuine respect and understanding of the cultures present in this region, in a broad sense, and also specifically in the areas I focused on in my studies.

In hindsight, what would you have done differently as a LAST major?
I would have done more volunteer work and internships that the LAST department does a great job of advertising to students. I wish I had had more involvement with the department and its efforts.

Any words of wisdom for LAST undergraduates?
Do everything you wish to do while at Tulane, and take what you are passionate about and find a way to direct your passion to something productive academically or socially in the community. You will surely be able to find a professor who is interested in the same topic and who will support you and guide you.

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Final Push Fridays: Graduate Research & Writing Support

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Every Friday from 10am-12pm CDT, The Latin American Library and Stone Center are co-hosting a virtual work-along for Latin Americanist graduate students to support each other in their research and writing goals. The Zoom meeting has two break-out options: participants may choose to troubleshoot research and methodological questions with an LAL librarian and/or work towards their writing objectives alongside a community of their peers. We hope you will join us when you can!

Central America, People and the Environment Educator Institute 2021

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This summer educator institute is the third institute in a series being offered by Tulane University, The University of Georgia and Vanderbilt University. This series of institutes is designed to enhance the presence of Central America in the K-12 classroom. Each year, participants engage with presenters, resources and other K-12 colleagues to explore diverse topics in Central America with a focus on people and the environment.

While at Tulane, the institute will explore the historic connections between the United States and Central America focusing on indigenous communities and environment while highlighting topics of social justice and environmental conservation. Join us to explore Central America and teaching strategies to implement into the classroom.

Additional details and registration will be available in the late fall 2020. For more information, please email dwolteri@tulane.edu or call 504.865.5164.