Rediscovering my Latin–American Professional Identity: A Reflection on a Fulbright Experience


  • Virginia Gonzalez University of Cincinnati, United States



Latin America


I emigrated from Peru to the United States in the mid1980s. More than 20 years later, a short trip to Latin America helped me come full circle personally and professionally and close the gaps that I had felt developing over the past two decades. This opportunity was provided by a Fulbright Senior Specialist Program award at The University of Costa Rica in San Jose at the School of Modern Languages during 2008. The Fulbright experience was a renewal for me professionally, as it opened a window of opportunities to see the cultural and language commonalties and differences between my academic experience in the US and my Latin American ancestry.

Author Biography

Virginia Gonzalez, University of Cincinnati, United States

Dr. Gonzalez has an interdisciplinary professional and academic background (BA in Psychology from the Catholic University of Lima-Peru; MA in Bilingual Special Education, and PhD in Educational Psychology both graduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin). One of her major areas of expertise is the development of multidisciplinary models explaining learning and developmental processes in bilingual/ESL Hispanic children. She has an interest in ESL learning and cultural adaption processes in international graduate students. 




How to Cite

Gonzalez, V. (2012). Rediscovering my Latin–American Professional Identity: A Reflection on a Fulbright Experience. Journal of International Students, 2(2), 131–132.



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