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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


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 has focused on developing meaningful partnerships to offer students real-life experiences with Spanish-speaking communities to raise awareness about other cultures (and their own), grow their global competencies, and develop identities as engaged citizens.  Her students have been working with the International Institute of the Bay Area preparing immigrants for the US citizenship exam, the Dilley Pro Bono Project in Texas and Al Otro Lado in Tijuana, Mexico, helping asylum seekers articulate their fear of return claims, and more recently Freedom for Immigrants staffing hotlines for immigrants in (ICE) detention. She has also volunteered for the Prison University Project teaching Spanish at San Quentin Prison. 

Grants & Awards:

Friends of Haas Award, Haas Center for Public Service, 2022

Terman Fellow Mentorship Award, School of Engineering, Stanford University, 2021

Global Studies Course Innovation Grant, Stanford University, 2018

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, ACTFL, 2018-2019

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

International Electoral Observer, OAS, Haiti, 2015

International Electoral Observer, OAS, Guatemala, 2007

International Electoral Observer, CARICOM, Haiti, 1995, 2000, 2006, 2010-2011

International Electoral Observer, OAS, Dominican Republic, 1994, 2004

International Electoral Observer, OAS, Venezuela, 1993

Human Rights Monitor, United Nations, Mission Civile Internationale (MICIVIH), Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 1993-94


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.