Julia is pursuing dual M.S./M.A. degrees in Community and Regional Planning and Latin American Studies. She is interested in planning as a tool for social justice and community engagement, particularly in relation to critical community development throughout the Americas. Julia received an NSF scholarship to support her thesis research in Santo Somingo, Dominican Republic, which focuses on the co-production of vulnerability and resilience, gender, and entrepreneurship in an informal settlement through the lens of women's community development organization Mujeres Unidas. Julia also participated in the UT School of Architecture's Cañada Project planning practicum in Santo Domingo, which explores urban vulnerability and international development planning in an informal settlement.
Prior to coming to UT Austin, Julia worked in Colombia for over two years providing human rights accompaniment and facilitating popular education delegations focused on the effects of U.S. military, trade, and development policies with Witness for Peace. She has also worked in family and emergency services for Latinx immigrants in Portland, OR, and volunteered in Bolivia and Chile. Julia received her B.A. in Anthropology and International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame, where she was involved with campus and community activism related to LGBTQ and immigrant rights and studied abroad in Santiago, Chile. Julia is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese. She is committed to using her language abilities and interpreting skills to build an awareness of the importance of language justice in planning processes. She regularly interprets at academic and community events and is an active member of the Austin Language Justice Collective. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking, biking, and dance in all forms.
- M.S. Community and Regional Planning, The University of Texas at Austin, 2018
- M.A. Latin American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin, 2018
- B.A. Anthropology and International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame, 2011
- community development
- insurgent planning
- popular education
- social movements
- community engagement
- neoliberal governance
- social infrastructure
- Dominican Republic