The Spanish, Latina/o, and Latin American Studies Department has a number of language resources helpful to students studying Spanish. This includes the Spanish Language Floor Living-Learning Community, as well as weekly conversations with peer language assistants in Spanish classes. The weekly Language Table offers further oppportunities to practice speaking spanish through lively dinner conversations. The Q&A Sessions with the language mentor offer additional support around the concepts of learning a language.
Qualified students may apply for a language assistant position through the Language Assistant Program by contacting Morena Svaldi. Students may also apply to live on the Spanish Floor by contacting Residential Life.
Emma Himmelberger ’20, Spanish Language Mentor
¡Hola! My name is Emma and I am a senior from Wellesley, Massachusetts majoring in Spanish. I am especially interested in linguistics and how language and culture interact. For my junior year, I studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain and experienced Spain’s culture firsthand. In my free time, I like to spend time outdoors, explore new places, and listen to music from the Spanish-speaking world. I have really enjoyed learning Spanish and I hope to use my experience to help you in this exciting and sometimes challenging process. Please bring any questions you have about Spanish to the Q&A sessions! I look forward to working with you. ¡Nos vemos pronto!
Ava Provolo ’22, Spanish Language Assistant, Spanish 209
¡Hola! My name is Ava and I am a sophomore at Mount Holyoke. I am from Guilford, Connecticut and I am double majoring in English & Spanish. With my studies, I intend to become a screenwriter. I love to run, bake, and listen/play music! I have been learning Spanish since middle school and have truly fallen in love with the language. I am so excited to be the LA for Spanish 209 this semester!
Salma Nava ’20, Spanish Language Assistant, Spanish 209
Hola! My name is Salma. I am a senior from Chicago majoring in Spanish. I am one of the LAs for 209 and I am very excited not just to help guide my peers but to indulge in our shared interest for the language. I love cooking and learning about the wide range of cultures within Central and South America. I recently came back from studying abroad in Cuzco, Peru where not only did I get the immersion experience I was looking for but I had an opportunity to engage with indigenous non-Spanish speaking communities and their rich and unique place within the Latinx community. I am also interested in politics, especially within the context of Latinx communities and engagement. As a Mexican-American seeing more politicians and representatives that look like me fuels my fire and inspires me. I can't wait to see you inside and outside of class! Chau!
Elizabeth Belka ’22, Spanish Language Assistant, Spanish 212
¡Hola! My name is Liz, and I am one of the Language Assistants for Spanish 212. I am a sophomore majoring in Romance Languages, and I am undecided as to which additional language I will be minoring in. I have a passion for all things linguistics, grammar, and language related, and I am so excited to share my enthusiasm and love for the Spanish language with everyone. Outside of class, you can find me at the gym or practicing for orchestra rehearsals (or making verb charts). I love to talk all things Spanish, so stop by and say hi in the LRC! ¡Hasta luego!
Katie Milligan ’22, Spanish Language Assistant, Spanish 212
¡Hola a tod@s! My name is Katie and I am a sophomore at Mount Holyoke! Currently, I intend to double major in Spanish and Anthropology. I am from Scituate, Massachusetts. I am starting my 8th year of studying Spanish, and I have done exchange programs in Chile and Spain. As a Language Assistant for Spanish 212 Preparation for Advanced Studies, I will act as a supplement to classroom instruction for whatever you may need: help clarifying material, assistance with assignments and papers, and general questions about the language. Outside of academics, I am on the Mount Holyoke Cross Country and Track and Field team, I love listening to all sorts of music and exploring the great outdoors! Even if you are not in Spanish 212, I would love to help with any questions about Spanish or get to know you!
Cristina Cavaleri ’22, Spanish Language Assistant, Spanish Table
¡Hola! My name is Cristina and I am a sophomore this year at Mount Holyoke! I am a Spanish and International Relations double major. I am from Albany, New York and have two older sisters, my dad (from the United States) and my mom (from Mexico). I have been speaking Spanish all my life, but I love to take classes and further immerse myself in the language. This year I am very excited to be working as a Spanish tutor and Language Assistant at la mesa de español! When I am not working, I like to hang out with friends, read, go to the gym, and sing with Glee Club and Vocal Jazz. Since I was little, I have always loved my mom teaching me about Mexican culture such as holidays, music, books, movies, and food. Being a part of the Spanish speaking community has not only taught me traditions from other Hispanic countries, it has also allowed me to contribute and teach others as well. If you have any questions about how to get more involved (or just want to chat), please don’t hesitate to reach out! I love meeting new people and I am excited to get to know you!
Emma Sullivan ’22, Spanish Language Assistant, Spanish Table
¡Hola a todxs! My name is Emma Sullivan and I am a sophomore here at MHC! I have recently declared my double major in Spanish and Environmental Studies and I have been studying Spanish for 7 years. I am from Stow, MA and I am so excited to be working at la mesa de español (Spanish table) this semester! In my free time I love to rock climb, journal, spend time outdoors, bike, meditate, learn languages and work with the Sunrise Movement, which combats climate change and works towards a sustainable future. I love engaging with the Spanish language and culture through listening to music, watching telenovelas and engaging with people from the Spanish speaking community. If you see me around campus feel free to stop and chat or ask me any questions, I love getting to know new people!
Dannye Carpenter ’20, Spanish Language Assistant, Spanish Floor
Hola! My name is Dannye and I am a senior from Norman, Oklahoma. I am studying politics and Spanish, and I was able to study abroad and intern in Costa Rica for five months! This year I have been able to continue my studies in Spanish and Latin American cultures, as well as work as a LA on the Spanish Floor! I hope to use my studies (and hopefully a law degree after graduating from Mount Holyoke) to help underserved communities in the Southwestern United States. I can’t wait to get to know you all and practice our language skills!
Lauren Fuller ’22, Spanish Language Assistant, Spanish Floor
Hola a todxs! My name is Lauren Fuller and I am a member of the class of 2022 at MHC! I am a first generation student from Philadelphia(ish) and a History and Politics double major! While I do not intend to pursue a major or minor in Spanish, I have been studying it for six years and plan on studying Spanish for as long as I can! As the Spanish Language Assistant for the Spanish floor in Mandelle Hall, I will be working with Dannye to cultivate a strong Spanish-learning/speaking community in our building! In addition to my work on the floor, I am also the Chair of Halls for the Student Government Association on campus and I work for the Office of Student Involvement!