Santa Clara University

Casa de la Solidaridad

Current Students

Fall 2015


Back row (L-R): Abigail Ray (Holy Cross), Rose Lassalle-Klein (Seattle University), Braden Spratt (St. Louis University), Jenna Bagley (Santa Clara University), Taemin Ahn (Georgetown University).

Second row (L-R): Molly Arnason (Loyola Marymount), Megan Bathen (Santa Clara University), Claire Peterson (St. Louis University), Erin Savino (Santa Clara University, Brenda Hernandez (Holy Cross), Hollynd Boyden (Santa Clara University).

Front row (L-R): Fred Oaxaca (Santa Clara University), Nicole Kegley (Fordham University), Jaclyn Ross (Loyola Marymount), Tiffany Velado (Canisius College), Claire Rawson (Seattle University).


Current Student Bios


Grace Hulseman

Fordham University

¡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!


Brendan Collins

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.


Stephanie Allen

Gonzaga University

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!


Angela Bird

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

Fordham University

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!


Katie North

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.


Brady Dyson

Northwestern College

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.


Mady Jonz

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.


Eileen Maiocco

Gonzaga University

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


Nicole May

DePaul University

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.


Maeve Kane

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!


Scarly Rodriguez

Fordham University

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!


Emily Muldoon

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!


Ivana Zapata

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!