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Back row (L-R): Brady Dyson (Northwestern College), Alice Maule (Loyola Maryland), Stephanie Allen (Gonzaga University), Grace Hulseman (Fordham University), Eileen Maiocco (Gonzaga University), Nicole May (DePaul University), Brendan Collins (Holy Cross).
Second row (L-R): Katie North (Loyola Marymount), Chris Hazlaris (Fordham University), Lindsay Caruso (Marquette University), Angela Bird (Notre Dame), Ivana Zapata (Loyola Maryland).
Front row (L-R): Mady Jonz (Loyola Maryland), Emily Muldoon (Holy Cross), Maeve Kane (University of Maryland), Scarly Rodriguez (Fordham University).
Current Student Bios
¡Hola! I'm Grace Hulseman, and I'm currently a junior at Fordham University double-majoring in International Political Economy and Latin American and Latino Studies with a concentration in American Catholic Studies. I'm originally from the small town of Tewksbury, NJ, but I am loving this opportunity to make the Casa and El Salvador my new home for the coming months. I am so grateful to be accompanying the community of La Javia during my time here, and I have loved every minute thus far. My favorite things include dark chocolate, black coffee, Dave Matthews Band, and pupusas, as well as this beautiful country! Who knows what the future holds, but for now you can find me practicing my spanish and eating as many mangoes as I can get my hands on. Go Rams!
College of the Holy Cross
Hi my name is Brendan Collins from Burlingame, CA. I study Political Science with a concentration in Peace and Conflict Studies at the College of the Holy Cross. I am excited to learn more about liberation theology and how it has been implemented in communities like my praxis site, Santa Maria de la Esperanza. Thank you to all the Salvadoran people who have showed us so much love.
Hi, my name is Stephanie, and I’m from Phoenix, Arizona (so the humidity is a little rough for me, but I’m getting used to it). I’m a junior at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, majoring in history and minoring in Spanish and sociology. When I graduate, I’d like to work with at-risk youth toward personal and academic development. My praxis site this semester is Salvador Craft, and I’m most excited to meet all the inspiring people who have created spaces for individual and collective growth with spiritual nourishment. Salvadorans have incredible stories to share, and I can’t wait to learn from them. I’m ecstatic to be here, the Salvadoran people sure know how to make you feel at home right away!
University of Notre Dame
Hello friends! My name is Angela Bird, and I’m a junior at the University of Notre Dame, studying English and Theology. I feel so blessed to be here with the Casa program, sharing the next few months accompanied by wonderful students and teachers. My praxis site is La Valencia and Las Nubes, where the hikes are long, the views are breathtaking, and the people are buena gente. I’m glad to be here under the care of Romero and so many other holy people, and so excited to discover what’s in store this semester!
Chris Hazlaris is currently a junior at Fordham College Rose Hill in the Bronx, New York. A double major in theology and anthropology, he is fascinated, above all else, by how different cultures and peoples have come to understand God in their lives, and thus is incredibly excited to be working this semester in Las Nubes, one of the “base ecclesial” homes of liberation theology in El Salvador. Outside of academics, Chris is also a lover of both soccer and music and, as such, is an active part of Fordham’s men’s club soccer team as well as the b-Sides, which is one of the university’s main a-cappella groups on campus. He is so grateful for this opportunity!
Loyola Marymount University
Hello! My name is Katie North and I am a sophomore at Loyola Marymount University. I am studying Spanish with a sociology minor and I want to go to nursing school when I graduate. I am from San Diego, California and I love playing soccer and beach volleyball, spending time in nature, hanging out with my family and friends, and traveling whenever possible. I am so excited for this semester and all that this country has to offer. I hope to gain confidence in my Spanish speaking abilities and learn about life, perseverance, hope, and faith from the incredible people of this country. I can’t wait to learn from other people’s stories and experiences as I continue to live out my own.
Hola tod@s! For my last semester I have left my small Iowa school, Northwestern College, where I’ve been studying Sociology and Spanish. I am drawn toward a more applied sociology focused on poverty and other social problems, and I am particularly fascinated by community development. That said, I was attracted to this program for its philosophy of accompanying the marginalized in order to learn from them and foster solidarity with them. I have not been disappointed so far. It is one thing to read from a history book; it is quite another to hear first-hand the stories of the people who have personally suffered that history. I am a firm believer that you can’t really care about another’s problems until they touch you personally—until you share in them. This program offers a small chance to do that.
Loyola University Maryland
Saludos desde El Salvador! Soy Mady from St. Louis. I'm in my third year at Loyola University Maryland studying Political Science with minors in Spanish and Biology. I could not be more excited to work with and learn from my Praxis community, Santa Maria de la Esperanza this semester.
Hola! My name is Eileen Maiocco, and I'm a sophomore studying international relations and social justice at Gonzaga University. So far, studying abroad with Casa has been the best challenge I've ever undertaken – what better place to grow than in a country with such a unique history and such extraordinary people? We all have so much to learn from one another, and I'm grateful for such a beautiful opportunity
Greetings from El Salvador! My name is Nico and I am a junior from DePaul University in Chicago. As a Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies major, El Salvador is the perfect place to explore my passion and accompany my praxis community in their journey to Peace. I am excited to be here and look forward to building relationships and learning from the best source of information, the Salvadoran people.
University of Maryland
Hello from El Salvador! I’m Maeve from Silver Spring, Maryland. I’m a sophomore at the University of Maryland studying Nursing with a focus on public health. Big thanks to my neighbor, Emily Muldoon, for telling me about Casa which otherwise never would have come on to my radar. I’m so happy it did—I’ve already found such a happy home here and learned so much about peace and friendship from the lovely Salvadoran people we’ve met. Can’t wait for the rest of the semester!
Hola! I'm Scarly Rodriguez, and I'm a junior at Fordham University studying Sociology and Peace and Justice Studies. I'm originally from Rockland, NY. This semester I'm blessed to be accompanying the Salvadorans in the communities of La Valencia and Las Nubes. During my time here in El Salvador I hope to grow in my self love and love for others, gain a clearer view of how we are all connected as people, and get a more global sense of work for liberation and justice. Primero Dios!
College of the Holy Cross
¡Hola, hola! My name is Emily Muldoon and I’m from Silver Spring, Maryland. I’m a junior at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts and am studying Theology, Spanish, and Peace and Conflict Studies. I love college and pretty much everything—hiking, cooking, dancing, the world, and people. I’m so thankful to be here in El Salvador, surrounded by some of the most loving and beautiful people ever. While I’m here, I’m so excited to grow in friendship and faith—and to be further inspired to live a life of peace and justice. Besos!
Loyola University Maryland
Buenas! My name is Ivana Zapata and I am currently in my third year at Loyola University Maryland, studying Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology. Originally from New Jersey, I am glad to be in a warm climate and as far away from all the snow storms this semester! My passions include singing, dancing, spending time and sharing stories with amazing people. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to be accompanying the amazing people of La Javia, Tepecoyo. I look forward to listening to the Salvadoran’s stories and growing in solidarity with one another. Con la ayuda de Dios!