CFPRT Scholars Summer 2019
Mario Galladro, Information Studies
Processing Scholar: Jonathan E. Fielding Papers
My name is Mario Anthony Gallardo and I come from immigrant parents, both from Mexico, specifically Tlaquepaque and Tepatitlan. I am the youngest of three siblings and I am the first in my family to attend a Graduate program.
I completed my undergraduate studies at Loyola Marymount University as a part of the Class of 2017, majoring in History (General) and minoring in Asian and Pacific Studies. While completing my undergraduate studies at Loyola Marymount University I worked a few jobs at the William H. Hannon Library, most importantly, I worked with their Department of Archives and Special Collections. The chance to work in such an environment helped me realize my love for the field of Archives. At the department I had mentors and several other staff members, push me to continue my studies and apply for UCLA's MLIS Program. As a first-year MLIS student with an emphasis in Archival Studies, I am excited to continue working within an archival institution as a CFPRT Scholar!
Matthew Hayes, Asian Languages and Cultures
Processing Scholar: Buddhist Churches of America Records
Matthew Hayes is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA. He received his B.A. in Religious Studies and M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of Oregon. His current research focuses on the transmission of religious knowledge through Shingon liturgical practice during the early modern period (1603-1868) in Japan.
Dafne Luna, Chicana and Chicano Studies
Processing Scholar: Wiki Scholar
I am Dafne Luna (she, her, hers and ella in spanish) a third-year Ph.D. student in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies. I'm a double Bruin, and received my B.A. in Gender Studies and minor in Chicana and Chicano studies in 2014. My primary research focus is in understanding the impact the intersections of fatphobia, percieved Latinidad and American identity, and queerness have fat queer and transgender people of color. I'm currently the CFPRT Wiki Scholar and I'll be focusing on expanding the accessibility of UCLA's Special Collections about Los Angeles Latinos, LGBTQ History, and hopefully Central American experiences via Wiki editing and article creation. I'm also a Capricorn, Ravenclaw, and dinosaur lover.
Alex Nguyen, Asian American Studies and Community Health Sciences
Processing Scholar: Jonathan E. Fielding Papers
Alex is a dual degree student in the MA/MPH program. Prior to coming to UCLA, he attended UC Irvine participating in the BADAAS (Beginnings of Activism for the Department of Asian American Studies) project using a combination of oral histories and archival research. His academic interests include the intersection of race/ethnicity and health, specifically how race and ethnicity can affect mental health. Within public health, he’s interested in evaluation work to explore more effective ways to disseminate data. He believes in educating the community so that they can use the data to tell their own stories.
Cierra Ott, Musicology
Theodore Bikel Music Materials
Joanna Smith, Information Studies
Digital Archives Program
Joanna Smith is in her 2nd year of the UCLA Master of Library and Information Science program with an interest in digital archives, forensics, librarianship, and instruction. In addition to her coursework, Joanna has been gaining practical experience in the library and information science field through her work as a Graduate Student Researcher, a College Academic Mentor, and now as a CFPRT Digital Archives Program Scholar processing the born-digital media in the Eiko Ishioka collection. Before beginning her studies at UCLA, Joanna received her B.A. from UC Berkeley with a double major in Rhetoric and Film Studies. She then began working at DreamWorks Animation in production management on feature-length animated films and television series at DreamWorks Animation for five years, which is where her love of creating information systems and documentation, tracking assets, and troubleshooting began.
Carolina Meneses, Information Studies
SAA/ARL Mosaic Scholar
Carolina Meneses is a first-year MLIS student specializing in archival studies. She is interested in management, access, and preservation of ephemeral cultural heritage, such as dance, performance, and fashion. This past summer, Carolina was selected as the first Dance/USA Archiving Fellow and worked in UCLA Library Special Collections and with Los Angeles-based Lula Washington Dance Theatre. She was also selected as a 2018-2019 ARL/SAA Mosaic Fellow.
Selina Portera, Information Studies
Reference Services Scholar
Selina Portera is a second-year MLIS student in the Department of Information Studies. She received her BA in Anthropology at UCLA via Moorpark College where she focused on Indigenous peoples, evolution, and artifacts. Her interests include: equitable information access for marginalized communities, archiving her family’s Purépecha rituals, and Xicanisma.
Amy Zhou, Masters of Urban & Regional Planning Candidate
Processing Scholar: Robert E. Kennard Papers
Amy Zhou is a first-year Masters of Urban & Regional Planning student, concentrating in Design & Development and Community Economic Development, and a member of the 2018-2019 cohort of the Urban Humanities Initiative. Her practice and academic interest are focused on the inclusion of ethnic communities in the planning process, and with community engagement in smart city development. She earned her B.A. in English (Rhetoric & Professional Writing), Economics, and Business from the University of Waterloo.
You can follow her on Twitter at @amyczhou.