Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Denise Woltering-Vargas

Senior Program Manager - SCLAS Latin American Resource Center

Denise manages educational and community programs for Tulane University's Stone Center for Latin American Studies. Denise coordinates the Stone Center's K-12 program by developing teacher workshops, summer institutes, curricular resources, study abroad opportunities and managing the LARC national film lending library. She has developed curriculum units and curriculum guides with teachers as part of annual summer institutes and film festivals including, Exploration of the African Diaspora in the Americas, Geography & Identity in the Brazilian Amazon, and Ecuador's Oil Legacy: Media Skills, Justice, and Preservation. She is also currently the Co-Coordinator of the Américas Book Award, an award sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs.

Degrees

  • B.A., Reed College, Spanish, 2000
  • M.A., American University, International Communication, 2005
  • M.B.A., Tulane University, Global Management, 2015

Related Experience

  • Senior Program Manager for Educational & Community Programs, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, 2006-
  • Coordinator of International Communication, American University, 2003-2005

Languages: Spanish

Selected Presentations

  • 2012. "Using Children's Literature to Explore Latin American/Latino Cultural Heritage." Washington, D.C.: Américas Award Teacher Workshop in collaboration with Teaching for Change.
  • 2011. "Performing Carnival: Connecting Culture, History, and Language." Denver: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).
  • 2009. "Going Bananas: A Look at Global Economy in Latin America." International Studies Schools Association, Tampa, FL.
  • 2009. "Sequins and Beads: Reviving Latin America in the Social Studies Classroom." Presented at Louisiana Council for the Social Studies, Baton Rouge, LA.
  • 2008. "Educational Resources for Teaching about Latin America." New Orleans: Jefferson Parish School Board Social Studies Coordinators Conference.
  • 2006. "Teaching Latin America & the Caribbean: Beyond Cancun." Presented at the Louisiana Council for the Social Studies, Lafayette, LA.
  • 2006. "Latin American Resources for Educators" Presented at the Jefferson Parish Pre-Service Workshop for Social Studies Teachers. Harvey, LA.

Key Responsibilities

  • Organizes & coordinates community outreach events sponsored by the Stone Center on campus and in metro-New Orleans area.
  • Acts as principal liaison with K-12 educational community locally and nationally.
  • Manages the development, implementation and analysis of periodic surveys and other evaluation tools.
  • Curates and maintains the Latin American Resource Center lending library collection and supervises its operations and staffing.
  • Organizes and executes academic year and summer professional development programs for K-16 educators including planning, advertising, recruitment of participants, coordination with all departments on campus

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