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Latino/a Mobility in California History

Genevieve Carpio, Javier Cienfuegos, Ivonne Gonzalez, Karen Lazcano, Katherine Lee Berry, Joshua Mandell, Christofer Rodelo, Alfonso Toro, Authors

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Kate Berry

Kate Berry is a sophomore at Yale College. She has not yet declared a major, but is leaning towards Mechanical Engineering or Math. So far the courses Kate has taken at Yale have been all over the map, ranging from humanities courses such as European History and Reading and Writing the Modern Essay, to Linear Algebra and Introductory Physics.

Despite her inclination towards STEM-related pursuits, Kate is a big lover of the Spanish language, and is seeking to learn more about Latin@ history and culture (starting from basically nothing!). She is especially hoping to expand her understanding of immigration issues and their evolution over time, so that she can more clearly assess, form opinions on, and hopefully take action regarding current immigration policies. She very much does not want to be an ignorant member of society, and feels she needs to start making stronger efforts to understand the factors at work in situations different from her own.

In that vein, she has recently, in conjunction with Karen Lazcano, co-written a blog that considers Kelly Lytle-Hernandez's work on the development of the US Border Patrol and immigration in conversation with thoughts on the current day ethnic status of Hispanics, and in particular Mexican-Americans, in the United States. 

She is currently working on a project that considers how the development of economic interdependency between the "twin" border cities San Diego and Tijuana affected community relationships between these urban centers, as well as how this robust, ever-increasing connection shifted social dynamics within the populations of each city separately.

At Yale Kate works at Sterling Memorial Library, is involved in 5th Humour sketch comedy, and is constantly ready to defend Timothy Dwight, where she lives and runs a Spanish-speaking dinner once a week, as the best residential college.

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