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Conmemorando a la Comunidad: Latinx Experiences at Trinity University is a digital humanities project created during the summer of 2023 as a partnership between The Mexico, the Americas, and Spain (MAS) program and the University Archives. Research grants were awarded for two students and mentorship through the Mellon Initiative and Murchison Research Fellowship.

The purpose of the project is to design a space to share  archival research and personal narratives with current Latinx students, faculty, and staff, as well as presenting histories and discoveries in which they can identify.  We hope that by sharing, this starts to create a sense of belonging with people that came before them.  

It was also created to invite alumni, faculty, and staff to revisit their experiences at Trinity in a common history of resiliency and validation through action. It will serve as a starting point to collaborate with similar projects around San Antonio and relate the Trinity experience with the larger Latinx community in the city.

The MAS program promotes and enriches a bilingual and bicultural environment on-and off of Trinity’s campus by providing students with opportunities for engagement with life, and culture from Latin America, the U.S. Latina/o contexts, and Spain.

The University Archives aims to document the intellectual, cultural, and organizational history of the university since its founding in 1869. The archives actively seeks to collect materials from under-documented student organizations and is interested in alumni materials that show institutional impact through life and career experiences. The archives is also focused on collecting material related Trinity connections with the San Antonio community.



Summer 2024 Team

Lee Denney - Lee is an undergraduate student from Humble, Texas majoring in History and Business Analytics and Technology, as well as minoring in Museum Studies. Lee’s research interests include African American history, the civil rights movement in the Americas, and the apartheid in South Africa. Lee currently volunteers at the San Antonio African American Community Archives and Museum helping to create exhibits.  In her free time Lee enjoys reading and watching reality TV.
Marina Oquendo - Marina Oquendo is an incoming junior from Austin, Texas majoring in Art History and Global Latinx Studies with a minor in Museum Studies. Marina's research interests include contemporary Chicanx and Latinx art history including art produced during the Chicano Movement and the art community in San Antonio from the 1970s to the present day. When not researching, you can find Marina bouldering or lounging near a body of water.
Abreu-Torres Dr. Dania Abreu-Torres - Dr. Abreu-Torres is an Associate Professor of Spanish in the Modern Languages and Literatures Department. Her research interests include race and national identities in the Caribbean and Latin America by focusing on literature and cinema. Contact her at dabreuto@trinity.edu 
Schnur Abra Schnur - Abra is Trinity’s University Archivist. She manages material that has been transferred or donated to the University Archives, which is part of the Special Collections and Archives in Coates Library.  Her collecting interest includes materials of under-documented student organizations and groups on campus, and material that demonstrates the relationship between the institution and the San Antonio community. Contact her at aschnur@trinity.edu

Past Team Members

Seb Mora Seb Mora was an inaugural researcher for Conmemorando during the summer of 2023.  They conducted interviews and archival research on student organizations. 
Esmeralda Pedroza Esmeralda Pedroza assisted with with Trinitonian newspaper and Mirage yearbook research in the spring of 2024.

Selected Presentations

Trinity University Summer Research and Internship Symposium

July 20, 2023