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Vivian Brates



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Stanford University, CA 94305

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Vivian Brates

Adjunct Coordinator, Spanish Program

Vivian Brates is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she attended the University of Buenos Aires. She received an M. A. degree from Georgetown University in Latin American Studies, with a focus in Economic Development, and previously an M. A. degree from UC Santa Barbara in Spanish and Latin American Literature. She worked for several years as an International Consultant in Washington DC in roles such as Human Rights Observer (with the United Nations/OAS International Civilian Mission in Haiti), Election Monitor (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Guatemala), advocate, and lobbyist. She has worked at Stanford since 2005, and also volunteered for the Prison University Program teaching Spanish at San Quentin Prison, the International Institute of the Bay Area preparing immigrants for the US citizenship exam, and more recently at the CARA Project helping detained mothers and children in the border prepare for the asylum process. She is currently focused on teaching and developing Spanish classes with a community engaged learning component. Her work in community engaged learning has been awarded both by Stanford's Haas Center for Public Policy and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.