Componentes de mi cartera final para el curso "Español en Ohio" en la Universidad Estatal de Ohio.



En este ensayo, comparto algunas experiencias significativas y "take aways" del curso.


In this essay, I share some significant experiences and "take aways" from the course. 



Pasé mucho tiempo participando en actividades con la comunidad de Latinx y persiguiendo la exposición al idioma español fuera de clase este semestre. Este documento muestra las actividades en las que participé.


I spent a lot of time participating in activities with the Latinx community and pursuing exposure to the Spanish language outside of class this semester. This document shows my activities and participation.


Este documento confirma mi finalización del requisito de horas de servicio de este curso.


Narrativas Orales de Latin@s en Ohio

Los videos aquí fueron grabados este semestre como parte del proyecto Oral Narratives of Latinos en Ohio a través del Centro de Estudios Folclóricos de OSU. Profe Foulis y yo viajamos a Cincinnati y al condado de Clermont, Ohio, para recoger estas historias.
The videos here were recorded this semester as part of the Oral Narratives of Latinos in Ohio project through the Center for Folklore Studies at OSU. Profe Foulis and I traveled to Cincinnati and Clermont County, Ohio, to collect these stories.





Originally from Cleveland, Mississippi, Michael moved to the Cincinnati area in 1985. Michael was involved in the formation of the Cincinnati Hispanic Chamber before moving to Batavia—a semi-rural community east of Cincinnati—where he has served on the Batavia local schools board of education for 16 years. Michael works for the federal home loan bank of Cincinnati and trains new soccer officials for the recreational athletic league in Batavia. In this interviews, Michael reflects on the Mexican culture that was a part of his upbringing in the Mississippi delta. He also reflects on the challenges he has faced as a Latino in Ohio, and shares how those challenges have led him to embrace his ethnic background as an adult and encourage his daughters to embrace their heritage, too.



Born in a small town in Austrias, Spain in 1935, Emilio arrived in Cuba with his parents when he was just five years old. Emilio studied architecture in Cuba and worked on a variety of high profile building projects under Fidel Castro’s administration and the Department of Public Building Projects. Morally conflicted with the unfulfilled promises of the Castro regime, Emilio stopped his work and began to plan his escape to the United States. IN 1960, Emilio’s wife and child left for Miami, Florida, and Emilio joined them under disguise when he realized he’d been placed under surveillance by the Cuban government. Although unable to speak English, Emililo was able to work for an architecture firm doing renderings and sketches and became a registered architect in Ohio. In 1967, Emilio founded Stallsmith Fernandez Architects, which continues today as the Elevar Design Group under the leadership of his son, Tom Fernandez. In this interview, Emilio shares his story and struggles to achieve the artistic freedom he shares with his son and family.



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Ana Gallegos-Yavorsky is originally from Ecuador and has lived in the Cincinnati, Ohio area for twenty years. Ana owns a small business called “Spanish play dates” just north of Cincinnati where she offers bilingual educational programming to young children and their parents. For Ana, Spanish Playdates is not only about helping children develop the foundations of Spanish and English--it is also about developing cultural sensitivty and respect for one another and our differences. Ana discusses the challenges and rewards of raising her children to be bilingual in Cincinnati and remembers some of her first years in the city, which now boasts a lively Latino community.


Martin Martinez

Martin Martinez was born in New York to Puerto Rican parents and grew up on the island. When Martin met his wife, Darletta they relocated to Batavia, Ohio, where they have lived for the past 28 years. Martin has three children and is active in the local community as a congregation member and musician. Martin works for the Ohio Department of Transportation and has experience in construction work, too, but most enjoys spending time with his children and three grandchildren. In this interview, Martin reflects on his Puerto-Rican identity in Ohio and his relationship to the Spanish language. Martin shows his musical abilities by demonstrating different traditional patterns on the bongos and the cajon.