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Kati Sosa-Valle named Samuel E. Kelly Scholar

June 7, 2024

Kati Sosa-Valle, an undergrad in the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program with a minor in human rights, was named the Dr. Samuel E. Kelly Scholar by the University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) this spring. 

“I just want to thank the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity and my Educational Opportunity Program advisers who helped me build the confidence to apply myself further than I had ever thought I could do,” Sosa-Valle, whose scholarship focuses on transnational identities, critical migration studies, and Indigenous language revitalization, said. “I also deeply appreciate the guidance I’ve received from my professors within the Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program at the Jackson School, particularly faculty Monica Cortes Viharo and Vanessa Freije, who have greatly contributed to my research pursuits and shown deep care for my overall success.”

She was honored for her award at the 2024 OMA&D Annual Celebration Gala on May 15.

Sosa-Valle will earn departmental honors from the Jackson School and plans to apply to graduate schools locally and abroad after graduation.