Alumni Spotlight

Natalie Ball 05’
Indigenous Artist, Klamath Tribes

Natalie earned her Bachelors degree in Ethnic Studies, then furthered her education in New Zealand at Massey University where she attained her Masters degree in Maori Visual Arts. Ball is currently an Indigenous artist who examines internal and external discourses that shape Indian identity through contemporary installation art.

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Rachel Bowen 12’ 
Intern for Senator Ron Wyden, & the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law 

Bowen left college with a desire to transform her educational classroom experience into professional day-to-day experience, and decided to move to Washington D.C.  She notes her experiences in D.C have illuminated the true value and interdisciplinary nature of her ES Degree. 

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Jen Lleras 08’ 
Trainer Organizer, Western States Center 

Lleras knew her passion for equity and justice had just been ignited when she received her bachelor’s degree in Ethnic Studies and Spanish from the University of Oregon. Politicized inside and outside of the classroom, she was truly motivated to work for social change.

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Mark Padoongpatt 05’
Assistant Professor, University of Nevada 

Padoongpatt's says his undergraduate Ethnic Studies education at UO profoundly shaped both his personal and professional life. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  At UNLV, he teaches a range of courses on the interdisciplinary research processes. 

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Iton Udosenata 03’ 
Principal, Cottage Grove High School

Udosenata graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and a M.Ed in Education Leadership in 2005. Since graduating from the UO Iton has embarked on a career as a public school educator. He began his journey as a middle school history teacher in South Central Los Angeles in 2004.

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Ma Vang 05’
UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Comparative Literature & Foreign Languages, UC Riverside 

After graduating with an Ethnic Studies degree, Vang became the UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in Comparative Literature and the Southeast Asian Studies Program (SEATRiP) at the University of California, Riverside.  Here she is  working on her book manuscript and co-editing a book on Hmong women, gender, and power.

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