Blending passions for both gender studies and art at Mount Holyoke
“I definitely want to stay connected with art, and that’s ultimately where I would love my career to go — working with a museum or within the art field.”
“I loved the conversations we were having,他们说. “I kept taking these courses, and I realized that’s where I really was thriving and finding a lot of joy in my studies.”
对于Maldonado, taking professor Hwang’s class was a full-circle moment, after having the opportunity to sit in on one of their classes during a campus visit.
“I see how I can be a scholar and an artist and how those things can be in conversation with one another.”
Maldonado always knew they wanted to attend a small university. Their step-aunt attended Barnard and suggested they look into the Seven Sisters colleges. They described stepping foot on Mount Holyoke’s campus as a deal-sealing moment that solidified their desire to be a part of the College’s welcoming community.
Along with professor Hwang, their advisor, 莎拉•史密斯, has had a major influence on Maldonado. They’ve worked for Smith as a research and studio assistant and have taken several courses with her.
“Professor Smith is a gender studies scholar and is also an amazing artist,他们说. “我拿了《靠谱的电子游戏平台》, Gender and Sexual Aesthetics with them last year, and that brought me back to my art practice. I see how I can be a scholar and an artist and how those things can be in conversation with one another.”
Maldonado will be debuting an art show in the Talcott温室 四月在校园里. The show explores being Latinx, 酷儿,和非, along with their connection with land and water and ideas of family and community.
在霍利奥克山, Maldonado has found family and community in FAMILIA, QTBIPOC组织, 和La uniidad, 拉丁组织. They have been a member of both organizations since they were a first-year student, and they sit on the board of FAMILIA. They have also served as co-host for Noche Latina, an event that occurs during Latinx Herit年龄 Month and consists of performances ranging from spoken word poetry to dance.
“It’s just a time to be in community and highlight the diversity within the Latinx community,他们说. “I wanted other students who are Latinx, 酷儿 and trans to have a space where they can go on campus.”
Maldonado believes it’s important for the community they’ve been part of at Mount Holyoke to continue to thrive for future students. To ensure that happens, they’re paying it forward by mentoring other gender studies students. 作为常驻顾问, they’ve offered encour年龄ment to homesick students who are adjusting to being out of their comfort zone and created a night filled with catered Latinx food and music to make the students feel more comfortable.
“对我来说, residence life has been a big part of creating a home for students and showing them that this is their home away from home,他们说.
Maldonado also had the opportunity to express their creativity by hosting a radio show titled “West Coast Blues,” which promotes BIPOC artists and 酷儿 artists. They also plan to continue to further their art after graduation.
“I’ve been speaking with Professor Smith, and she’s been helping me with looking at various artist residencies, as well as some museum internships in Los Angeles,他们说. “I definitely want to stay connected with art, and that’s ultimately where I would love my career to go — working with a museum or within the art field.”