Stephanie Barrera: A Chicana/o Studies Major in Mexico

Portrait photo of UC Davis student Stephanie Barrera

Stephanie Barrera, an aspiring doctor, will take part in clinical rotations in hospitals in Oaxaca, Mexico.

May 13, 2016 — Stephanie Barrera, a forth-year major in Chicana and Chicano Studies, will use her Blum Center Summer Fellow scholarship to explore Spanish language, health education and traditional healing in Oaxaca, Mexico.

“As the result of poor nutrition, unhealthy lifestyles and lack of education, chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension have become increasingly common in low income and indigenous communities in Oaxaca,” said Barrera, 21.

She will work with the UC Davis Study Abroad Latino/a Health Internship Program, taking part in clinical rotations in hospitals and attending Spanish language classes with an emphasis on conversational Spanish in clinical settings. She is also interested in learning about the rich conglomeration of traditional healing practices in Oaxaca. She plans to apply to medical school after graduation.

“My career plans are to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology and to foster the creation of accessible and culturally competent clinics in and around the neighborhood that raised me in the city of Sacramento, with a focus on serving the Latino and Latina community and undocumented population,” Barrera said. 

Barrera began her studies at UC Santa Cruz, but had to return to her hometown of Sacramento after her mother suffered a work-related injury. While caring for her mother Barrera took classes at American River College and transferred to UC Davis earlier this year.

“I have never been able to travel abroad given the financial instability that comes from a single parent household,” she said. “I am very excited to have the opportunity to be a Blum Center Fellow for 2016 and to embark on a new and rewarding project abroad.”

Jeffrey Day writes for the Division of Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science. Follow him on Twitter @ucdavisjaaday.

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