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Getting to know Dr. Ariana Mangual Figueroa

Dr. Ariana Mangual Figueroa
Dr. Ariana Mangual Figueroa

New school year, new Associate Professor! Dr. Ariana Mangual Figueroa is joining the GC’s Urban Ed and Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures programs from Rutgers University. A researcher who focuses on language use, learning, and immigration in Latinx communities living in the United States, Mangual Figueroa is also an educator, activist, and mom. Sara Vogel, cohort 15, caught up with her over video chat during a busy week settling into her new office and moving with her family from one to another part of Brooklyn. They talked about what students can expect from her as a teacher and mentor, and what keeps her grounded. Click here for the full interview!

What is important for the Urban Ed community to know about you?

I’d love folks to know that I’m deeply informed by and committed to the work of CUNY broadly, and of Urban Education and work happening at the GC in particular. I feel like this is a formalizing of a conversation that I’ve been a part of and peripheral to as an educator and activist through NYCoRE [the New York Coalition of Radical Educators], of which I was a founding member, and through relationships with friends and colleagues at CUNY. I feel very connected to the commitment, work, and dispositions that students, faculty and staff here all share. I want folks to know I’m deeply committed to public education — I was a teacher of ESL and Spanish, and I’ve taught in public schools ever since, and I was at Rutgers for 10 years. It is an imperative for faculty to be committed to public education at this time for our students in all of their intersectionality and diversity.

What excites you the most about coming to the GC?

One of the things I’m really excited about is teaching the core course on methods in the Spring, and thinking about the responsibility and ethics involved in everyday life and in research and teaching. Being a part of an intellectual community that is so situated within the city that is my home and the city that I grew up in, taught in, and am now a faculty member, mother, and activist in, prompts me to think about the integration of those various domains and forging new work at the GC and with Urban Ed students.

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