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Denise Woltering-Vargas


Denise manages educational and community programs for Tulane University’s Stone Center for Latin American Studies. She coordinates the Center’s K-12 programming by developing teacher workshops and professional development institutes abroad. She leads the development of new curriculum in collaboration with faculty, K-12 educators and artists in order to enhance and internationalize the K-12 curriculum. She also instructs pre-certification teachers in a unique service-learning course in the Teacher Preparation & Certification Program, Education in a Diverse Society. In addition, she is the Coordinator of the Américas Book Award, an award sponsored by the national Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs.


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


  • Spanish

Overseas Experience

  • Spain
  • Cuba
  • Brazil
  • Panama
  • Guatemala
  • Ecuador
  • Costa Rica
  • Peru
  • Uruguay

Related Experience

Selected Presentations:

  • “Bringing Global Literature into the K-12 Classroom,” October 21, 2020. National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), Austin, TX.
  • “Confronting Educational Lessons on Afro-Latin American Histories for K-12,” April 30, 2017. Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Lima, Peru.
  • “Indigenous Rights: Teaching Global Citizenship and Sustainability,” November 14, 2015. National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), New Orleans, LA.
  • “Bringing Brazil & Portuguese into the K12 Classroom,” May 24, 2014. Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Chicago, IL.
  • 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.

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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