Erin Bolívar is a PhD student in Hispanic Studies in the Department of Romance Languages. Her research focuses on the representation of the Virgin Mary in painting and poetry in Spain and Italy from the Renaissance until the present day. Her dissertation will include specific works as well as the theories of Pope John Paul II. Along with her chosen field of research, Erin is passionate about teaching Spanish and enjoys guiding her students as they develop their own skills in the language. She also works with the Bulletin of the Comediantes at UGA as an editorial fellow.
David Burke is a third-year undergraduate student at UGA double majoring in Biology and Spanish with pre-med intent. He aims to become a bilingual physician and treat patients regardless of their native language. Since arriving at UGA, he has worked as a research assistant on a project focused on assessing medical interpreting services and language access to healthcare in the state of Georgia, with the aim of breaking down language barriers in medicine. Before going to medical school, he would like to volunteer or work as a medical interpreter himself to start making a tangible difference in this area as early as possible. Outside of school and research, David is captain of the men’s club rowing team at UGA, and he enjoys lifting weights, playing video games, and spending time with family and friends.
Zackary Dow is a third-year student of history and English, aspiring to mentor youth using the uniquely sobering power of historical perspective. Zack enjoys readings from a wide variety of disciplines, including sociology, gender studies, and anthropology. Aside from academic pursuits, Zack is passionate about bodybuilding, constructing period furniture, and music production.
Lola Henry received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology in May 2022 from the University of Georgia. During her senior year, she spent the fall semester studying abroad at the University of Oxford. Lola is currently a student at the University of Chicago in the Masters of the Arts in Social Sciences program with a concentration in psychology. She is interested in examining the roles which moral and social development may play in the adult commission of violent crime. She is interested in combining psychological and sociological perspectives in order to have holistic view of factors affecting violent crime.
Shelley Palmer is a fourth-year student in the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, pursuing a major in Natural Resource Management & Sustainability, with a concentration in Community Forestry & Arboriculture, in addition to a Water Resources Certificate. She is also currently an Urban Forestry Intern under the Athens-Clarke County Landscape Management Division.
Bodey Gray is a third-year student at the University of Georgia, majoring in World Language Education and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) with an emphasis in Spanish education, and minoring in Spanish. His areas of interest include dual language immersion, culturally relevant pedagogy and social-emotional learning. He will begin his graduate program in World Language Education and TESOL in the 2023-2024 academic year through the University of Georgia’s Double Dawg program. After graduation, he plans to travel abroad and teach English for a period of time. Upon return from his adventures abroad, Bodey plans to teach high school Spanish and/or ESOL in Georgia and later aspires to serve in a school administrative role.
Theodore (“Joey”) Miller is a current first-year medical student at the Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, PA. He is interested in navigating the social determinants of health and improving public health equity/policy for vulnerable populations. His clinical interests include medical genetics and pediatric hematology/oncology along with medical education pedagogy as a continuation of his passion for higher education pedagogical research established through his undergraduate thesis work. After his formal training, Theodore desires to become a pediatric oncologist and research investigator that promotes equitable, holistic, and preventative healthcare practices for communities with unpredictable clinical/social needs. Theodore is also an avid runner and has raised approximately $10,000 to date for various charity organizations like JDRF, Dana Farber Cancer Center, and the MSK Cancer Fund through different national and international marathons. He hopes to become an Abbot World Marathon Major Runner and reach seeing a world without Type 1 Diabetes.
Jake Cliett graduated from UGA with a major in Biology and a minor in Spanish. He is attending the Medical College of Georgia to become a physician and is working toward becoming a certified Spanish interpreter in healthcare settings.