Shavone Otero

Administrative Associate

Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning

Shavone Otero is a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she was actively involved in her community as an Arts Columnist with Local iQ, T.V. correspondent on The Morning Brew, co-founder/Traditonal Zone Leader of the Albuquerque Rail Yards Market, and flamenco dancer with Dance España. She is an advocate for cultural preservation and community resilience and seeks to perform academia in non-traditional, more accessible mediums of knowledge-sharing, such as performative arts, hip-hop culture, and “old-school” cultural/spiritual practices.

In undergrad, she interned at El Centro de la Raza and UNM Service Corps.  Shavone studied abroad in London for a theater class at the University of Westminster in the summer of 2007, studied poetry at the University of Sheffield in the fall of 2008, and studied cultural identity in Granada, Nicaragua in the summer of 2010 as a Ronald E. McNair/Research Opportunity Program scholar. Her research project was titled “Deconstructing post-colonial cultural identity and hybridity: Documenting the fiestas of Santiago Apóstol in Nicaragua.”

Shavone is currently obtaining two Masters in Community & Regional Planning + Latin American Studies at UT Austin with a Graduate Portfolio in Sustainability.  Her thesis is titled “The Informal Canvas: Murals and Community-based Agency in Informal Settlements in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic — The Geography & Politics of Muralism.” Her thesis focuses on using the arts, specifically community-based muralism in public spaces, as a transformative planning practice for working with neglected, marginalized communities in informal settlements. She is interested in how social movements are connecting globally in solidarity through digital media and arts-based practice.

Shavone is the Graduate Research Assistant for City Forum in the Community & Regional Planning Program and is the Social Chair of ILASSA, the Graduate Student Association of Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies at UT Austin.  Shavone occasionally writes about live music in Austin for Austin Songwriter and enjoys international adventures, running half-marathons, representing “Burque”, New Mexico, and DJing with the Chulita Vinyl Club (an all vinyl, all female Latina DJ collective based in Austin/San Antonio & Bay Area).  ¡Órale!