Leslie Gutierrez

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Leslie Gutierrez is currently a Ph.D. candidate in English composition and TESOL (teaching English as a second language). As a 2011-2012 UNCF/Mellon Doctoral Fellow, she is working on her dissertation titled "(Re)framing the Immigrant Narrative: Exploring Testimonios that Counter the Essentialized Images of (Un)documented People in the Discourses of Contemporary United States Rhetoric."

Due to her interdisciplinary background and interests, she has served as a Spanish instructor at JCSU since 2005. She holds an M.A. and B.A. in Spanish. Professor Gutierrez has taught Spanish since 1999 at the secondary, community college and university levels. She has traveled, studied, lived and conducted site visits in several Spanish-speaking countries. Her passion is teaching, and she is a strong advocate for language and culture immersion (study abroad). She is also an ETS College Board Spanish AP Reader and a licensed K-12 Spanish teacher.

Gutierrez copresented a seminar titled "A Look in the Mirror: Film, Television and True Life Accounts of the Afro-Latino Experience" at the 2008 International Conference for the American Association for Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese in San Jose, Costa Rica, and accepted to present at the 2010 ACTFL conference. Currently, her focus is on her doctoral research, which is related to discourses surrounding U.S. (un)documented migration. Her other research interests include second language acquisition, language varieties, Afro-Latino cultures and diversity in study abroad programs.

Gutierrez has also taught ESL for the Latin American Women's Association (LAWA) and Charlotte Mecklenburg School(CMS)in Charlotte, N.C. As a strong study abroad advocate, she has had the pleasure of assisting several JCSU students study abroad in the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Jordan and China. All of these students obtained scholarships to help fund their studies.

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