Amelia Swinton ’10 received a Fulbright to teach in Mexico for the coming year. Swinton graduated cum laude in 2010 with honors and distinction in her Latin American studies major and with distinction in her anthropology major.

Since graduation she has lived in Seattle, where she worked at a nonprofit for community change, Solid Ground, primarily teaching gardening and nutrition in a bilingual public elementary school. She recently resigned to complete student teaching for a master’s in teaching program she is completing at Antioch University Seattle.

“Having worked with predominantly Mexican-American students for several years in Seattle, and envisioning a career as a public school educator in a country [the United States] that is deeply interconnected with Mexico, I have a lot of questions as a new teacher,” she said via email. “Like the U.S., Mexico struggles with severe income inequality, and I am interested to learn more about how this shows up in schooling (public and private) and in what ways this is being confronted,” she concluded.

She wants to continue working with Mexican-American students in the United States and sees the Fulbright opportunity as good preparation. “My background in Latin American studies and anthropology from Colby is a huge asset—understanding some of the broader themes that permeate across histories, politics, and social movements in the region,” she wrote.