Contact: Larry Estrada, director of WWU’s American Cultural Studies program, (360) 650-3016; Lawrence.firstname.lastname@example.org
BELLINGHAM – Western Washington University student Danya Rose-Merkle will travel to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to present research at a conference titled “Transnational Hispaniola: Shared History, Shared Future: Converging Paths in the Haitian and Dominican Transborder Experience,” June 4.
The conference, which is being held June 3-6, brings together scholars, artists, activists, and community organizers who are interested in thinking about Dominican-Haitian realities in ways that go beyond simplistic and political rendering of the histories of these two countries.
Rose-Merkle, a native of
Her role as teaching assistant allowed her to make various connections while in the
Rose-Merkle coordinated her research through a Dominican nonprofit organization called the Foundation for the Development and Well-Being of Women and Children, where she was able to make connections in the community to interview participants.
Rose-Merkle’s research was selected to be presented at the conference shortly after sending an abstract of her research to the conference staff.
Rose-Merkle will receive financial support from WWU and
“This is an extremely exciting opportunity,” Rose-Merkle said. “I look forward to continuing my research and making lasting connections in the
Rose-Merkle plans to continue her research next November when she moves to Santo Domingo for a year to teach English in la Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo.
For more information, contact Larry Estrada, director of WWU’s American Cultural Studies at (360) 650-3016 or Lawrence.email@example.com