Sept. Scholar of the Month Is Emily Rose Aguiló-Pérez
Congratulations to September Holmes Scholar of the Month Emily Rose Aguiló–Pérez, who just completed her Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction at Pennsylvania State University!
Aguiló–Pérez’s research interests are in children’s literature, girlhood studies, and Latino studies. The emphasis of her course of study was language, culture, and society in children’s literature, with a minor in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Her dissertation, Tracing Puerto Rican Girlhoods: An Intergenerational Study of Interactions with Barbie and Her Influence on Female Identities, was led by adviser Jacqueline Reid–Walsh.
In her letter recommending Aguiló–Pérez for this award, Assistant Dean for Multicultural Programs Maria J. Schmidt had this to say: “Emily has distinguished herself as a scholar and activist in issues relating to social justice and educational equity. She has been instrumental in a number of initiatives in my office, the College of Education, and across the Penn State system. These initiatives were geared toward creating access to higher education, in particular for those in disadvantaged communities and from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds.”
Aguiló–Pérez has been an active Holmes Scholar and we are extremely proud of her academic accomplishment. We wish her well!