The University of Texas at Austin Latino Research Initiative

Mallory Laurel joins Latino Studies at UT Austin as new Outreach and Communications Coordinator

Thu, June 21, 2018
Mallory Laurel joins Latino Studies at UT Austin as new Outreach and Communications Coordinator
Mallory Laurel joins Latino Studies as Outreach & Communications Coordinator. Photo Credit: Alberto Gonzalez

Latino Studies at UT Austin welcomes a new staff member, Mallory Laurel. She became the new Outreach and Communications Coordinator effective June 4, 2018.

Mallory was born and raised in Harlingen, Texas. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from The Ohio State University where her graduate thesis, a collection of short stories, explored struggles of faith among Mexican Catholic women in the Rio Grande Valley. 

Her interest in storytelling, however, extends beyond the page: during her time as a public programmer at Illinois Humanities, she worked with rural communities around the state to create exhibitions and events in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street travelling exhibition program. Through these experiences, she witnessed the vitality of small, local organizations and their earnest commitment to uplifting their communities through historical and cultural preservation. In short, they saw the value of their communities’ stories and banded together to tell them. 

As Outreach and Communications Coordinator, Mallory will help broadcast the work of the three units comprising Latino Studies (MALS, CMAS and Latino Research Initiative) as well as the scholars within it, but she is also committed to the voices and stories of the greater Latino community. She sees as part of her role the cultivation of an open dialogue between the university and the public, and the creation of opportunities for both to work together to tell the stories that will ultimately preserve and strengthen our community.

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