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Vivian Brates



Pigott Hall / Language Corner, Building 260, Office 228 (Main Quad)
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 on Economic Development, and previously an M. A. degree from UC Santa Barbara in Spanish and Latin American Literature. She worked for several years as a Human Rights Observer and  Election Monitor with the United Nations and the OAS in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Venezuela, and Guatemala, as well as an advocate and lobbyist in Washington DC. 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 Dilley Pro Bono Project in TX, helping detained mothers and children in the border prepare for the asylum process. She is focused on developing meaningful partnerships in the community to offer students real-life experiences with Spanish-speaking immigrants to raise awareness about other cultures (and their own), grow their intercultural skills, and develop identities as engaged citizens.


Global Engagement Initiative Award, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2016

Stanford Community Partnership Award, Stanford Office of Public Affairs, 2016.

State of California Senate, Certificate of Recognition, 2016.

Professional Affiliations & Activities:

Committee Member, Global Engagement, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2018

Rater, Language Testing International, since 2007

Certified Spanish Rater and Tester, ACTFL OPI /WPT, since 2006

Member, American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, since 2005


Brates, V., Del Carpio, C., Miano, A. A., Houts, P., Carvajal, I., & Barco, M. (2018). Abriendo caminos: Breaking new ground in community-engaged learning. Engaging the world: Social pedagogies and language learning (Vol. 2017, pp. 87–108). Cengage.

Miano, A. A., Bernhardt, E. B., & Brates, V. (2016). Exploring the Effects of a Short-Term Spanish Immersion Program in a Postsecondary Setting. FOREIGN LANGUAGE ANNALS, 49(2), 287–301.

Brates, V., Theater and Censorship in Argentina, Reflexiones sobre teatro latinoamericano del siglo XX, Buenos Aires: Galerna-Lemcke Verlag, 1990.