2016: Ph.D. in Theater and Performance Studies, UCLA
2013: C.Phil. in Theater and Performance Studies, UCLA
2010: B.A. English Literature, Minor in Theater, UCLA
Academic coordinator with over eight years of academic and professional experience advising undergraduates. Specialize in monitoring academic and programmatic progress of underrepresented first-generation and low-income students. Experience designing, implementing, and assessing academic programs to facilitate graduate-school preparation for undergraduate students. Experience advising and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students. Experience in managing, hiring, and supervising graduate students. Experience with grant writing as well as college level teaching and curriculum development. Record includes teaching and public speaking for groups of 20-200 people, organizing and participating in 20+ conferences, managing budgets of up to $1.7M, and 12+ prestigious grants and awards.
2017-Present: Assistant Director for UCSB McNair Scholars Program
Monitor and direct the overall operation of the program and its budget, supervise and evaluate staff, manage student recruitment and retention, provide personal, career, and academic advising to students, develop curriculum and study materials for scholar seminars, publicize the program to other units, conduct student assessments and program evaluations, administer scholarships and stipends, and coordinate activities with related units and programs, including summer programs, orientations, workshops, career development, test preparation sessions, and research conferences.
2019-Present: Predoctoral Coach, Mellon Mays Gap Assistance Program (GAP)
Assist GAP year fellow with developing a plan with specific and realistic goals for maximizing their gap year. Maintain regular contact with fellow on a bi-weekly and/or monthly basis. Provide constructive feedback on documents for graduate school applications, including a statement of purpose and writing sample.
2016-2017: Assistant to the Director for UCLA Scholarship Resource Center
Engaged across all departments for the Division of Undergraduate Education as administrator and program manager. Helped supervise the administering of donor scholarships, merit scholarships, and the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Trained and supervised newly hired graduate students. Conducted programming of special events in conjunction with Development for College of Letters and Science, Undergraduate Research Centers, and Office of Residential Life. Advertised for major scholarships through the SRC website, social media outlets, Counselor Desktop, and Daily Bruin newspaper. Advised renewed scholarship recipients as well as students working on scholarship applications.
2015-2016: Student Affairs Advisor for UCLA Scholarship Resource Center
Counseled students on the scholarship application process via individual sessions and workshops. Instructed students on how to navigate an extensive library of scholarship books. Reviewed personal statements and essays for feedback and proofreading. Outreached for major national and international merit scholarships, including the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Churchill, Goldwater, Truman, Beinecke, Udall, Cooke, Strauss, and Gates Cambridge scholarships. Revised and executed the following workshops: “How to Win Scholarships” and “Secrets to Winning College Cash.”
2015-2016: Graduate Research Mentor for UCLA Undergraduate Research Center
Advised undergraduates completing research programs through individual and group meetings. Critiqued abstracts, personal statements, research statements, and research plans for feedback. Outreached for research programs through university-wide panels, fairs, conferences, in-class presentations, faculty visits, for up to 70 individuals. Maintained and updated the research center’s social media accounts. Revised and executed the following workshops “Getting Started with Research,” “Managing the Student Research Program,” “Undergraduate Research Fellows Program and MMUF Workshops,” “Developing a Research Plan,” and “Sharing Your Research.”
2014-2015: Graduate Mentor for Mellon Mays Fellowship Professional Network
Assisted mentee with setting clear and realistic professional goals. Maintained regular contact with mentee on a monthly basis. Provided constructive feedback on documents for graduate school applications
2010-2013: Graduate Research Mentor/ Mellon Mays Mentor for UCLA Undergraduate Research Center
Supervised student progress on thesis research projects through weekly meetings with ten undergraduate Mellon Mays Fellows. Planned luncheons, dinners, and other events, including the Mellon Mays Regional Conference. Designed and conducted workshops on: “Funding for Undergraduate Research,” “Graduate School Preparation,” “How to Write an Abstract,” “Preparing for a Conference Presentation,” “Working on a Research Poster,” “Research in the Arts,” “Creating a Curriculum Vitae,” and “Writing Literature Reviews”
2011-2012: Assistant to the Director for UCLA Center for Performance Studies
Assisted the director with communicating across all humanities departments. Organized, publicized, budgeted, and staffed events, including live performances, lecture-series, and a global academic conference. Maintained and updated the center’s website and digital presence.
2011: Assistant to the Director (Intern) for Centro Hemisférico in Chiapas, Mexico
Corresponded with the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics at New York University as their liaison. Maintained and updated the center’s digital archive of scripts and photographs. Updated the Centro’s blog with flyers, brief descriptions, and photographs of upcoming and past events. Organized, publicized and staffed community events, workshops, and programs.
FELLOWSHIPS & AWARDS
2019: National Center for Institutional Diversity Fellow
2018: Sabbatical Beauty Scholarship, $1,000
2018: Acequia Institute Research Grant, $500
2017: National Women’s Studies Association Travel Grant, $250
2015: Inter-University Program for Latino Research Mellon Fellowship, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, $25,000 stipend plus tuition
2014: Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, $25,000 stipend
2014: American Association of University Women Fellowship (declined)
2014: Mellon Mays Dissertation Grants Program (declined)
2013: Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Pre-Doctoral Research Grant, $3,000
2012: SSRC Graduate Studies Enhancement Grant, $2,000
2008: Mellon Mays Undergraduate Research Fellowship
2019 Graduate Division Cultural Enrichment Grant, $1,000
2019: UCSB Summer Sessions Cultural Enrichment Grant, $2,500
2018: UCSB Summer Sessions Cultural Enrichment Grant, $2,500
2014: UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship, Graduate Division, $21,000 stipend plus tuition
2014: UCLA Constance Coiner Graduate Fellowship, $1,500
2013: UCLA Graduate Research Mentorship Program, $20,000
2012: UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program, $6,000
2010: UCLA Eugene V. Cota-Robles Fellowship, University of California Office of the President, Graduate Division, and Theater Department, four-year stipend of $25,000 plus tuition
2019: Caballero, C., Martínez-Vu, Y., Perez-Torres, J., Tellez, M., & Vega, C. The Chicana M(other)work Anthology: Porque Sin Madres No Hay Revolution, Co-Editor, University of Arizona Press for The Feminist Wire book series, March.
Articles, Interview, and Reviews
2019: Caballero, C., Martínez-Vu, Y., Perez-Torres, J., Tellez, M., & Vega, C. “Challenging Academic Inequities with Collective Resistance: Chicana M(other)work in the Academy,” in Parenting at the Intersections in the Academy: A Series, National Center for Institutional Diversity, Edited by Larissa Mercado-López, in Medium.
2019: Cisneros, N., Hidalgo, L., Vega, C., & Martínez-Vu, Y. “Mothers of Color in Academia: Fierce Mothering Challenging Spatial Exclusion Through a Chicana Feminist Praxis,” in The Chicana M(other)work Anthology, Edited by Caballero et al., pp. 288-308.
2017: Caballero, C., Martínez-Vu, Y., Perez-Torres, J., Tellez, M., & Vega, C. “An Interview with the Chicana Motherwork Collective.” In Mester: Journal of UCLA’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese, 45:1, pp. 197-214.
2017: Caballero, C., Martínez-Vu, Y., Perez-Torres, J., Tellez, M., & Vega, C. “’Our labor is our prayer, our mothering is our offering’: A Chicana M(other)work Framework for Institutional Transformation.” In Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of MALCS, 16:2, pp. 44-75.
2013: Martínez-Vu, Y., Review of Performing the US Latina and Latino Borderlands, Edited by Arturo J. Aldama, Chela Sandoval, and Peter J. García, in e-misférica, Issue 10.1, Bio/Zoo (2013).
2012: Martínez-Vu, Y., Performance review of Dialogues Between Darwin and God (October 2011) by Jesusa Rodriguez, in University of California eScholarship and CSW Update, pp. 15-18.
2012: Martínez-Vu, Y., “Choreographing Collective Intersectional Identities in Reflejo de la Diosa Luna’s Migración Performance.” University of California eScholarship (April 2012). Shorter version also published in CSW Update, pp. 19-23.
Public Digital Humanities
2019-Present: Martínez-Vu, Y., “Grad School Femtoring Podcast,” Host a podcast that provides advice on the graduate school application process for low-income and first-generation students
2017-Present: Caballero, C., Martínez-Vu, Y., Perez-Torres, J., Tellez, M., & Vega, C. “The Chicana M(other)work Blog,” Co-edited and published over 20 submissions by women of color activists academics and activists.
2017-Present: Caballero, C., Martínez-Vu, Y., Perez-Torres, J., Tellez, M., & Vega, C.“The Chicana M(other)work Podcast,” Co-hosted a podcast that interviews academics and activists, which has over 17,000 streams on SoundCloud and iTunes.
Selected Conference Presentations
2019: “Maternal Epistemologies of Justice: Readings from the Chicana M(other)work Anthology,” Panelist and Organizer, National Women’s Studies Association, San Francisco, California, November 14-17.
2019: “Thriving, Not Surviving: Navigating Higher Education as a First-Generation College Student: Panel and Mixer,” Organizer, University of California, Santa Barbara, August 7.
2019: “Radically Mothering the Future: A Plática on the Chicana M(other)work Anthology,” Panelist and Organizer, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 3-6.
2018: “Thriving, Not Surviving: Navigating Higher Education as a First-Generation College Student: Panel and Mixer,” Organizer, University of California, Santa Barbara, August 7.
2017: “Chicana M(other)work: Intersectionality and Collective Resistance for Chicana and Women of Color Mothers,” Panelist and Organizer, National Women’s Studies Association, Baltimore, Maryland, November 16-19.
2017: “Porque Sin Madres No Hay Revolución: Chicana M(other)work as Theory, Collective, and Everyday Practice,” Panelist and Organizer, National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies Conference, Irvine, California, March 22-25.
2016: “Chicana M(other)work: Radical Disruptions Within and Beyond the Academy,” Panelist and Organizer, Latina/o Studies Association Conference, Pasadena, California, July 7-9.
2015: “Transindigenous Materialities: Gender, Indigeneity, and Objects in Mexicana and Chicana Performance,” Panelist, Inter-University Program in Latino Studies (IUPLR) Fifth Biennial Siglo XXI Conference, Notre Dame, Indiana, April 23-25.
2014: “Intimate Acts of Healing: Surrogate Glass Candles in Rosi’s Botanica,” Panelist, American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), Baltimore, Maryland, November 20-23.
2014: “Mothers of Color in Academia: A Performative Panel and Workshop,” Panelist and Organizer, American Studies Association (ASA), Los Angeles, California, November 5-9.
2014: “An Object of Resistance: An Analysis of the Theatrical Backdrop in Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya’s (FOMMA) Buscando Nuevos Caminos,” Panelist, Association for Theater in Higher Education (ATHE) Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona, July 24-27.
2014: “Gender Performance in Mayan Mexican Theater,” Panelist, Mellon Mays Biennial Conference, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 6-8.
2013: “Embodiment: Offline and Online,” Work Group Participant, Cities | Bodies | Action: The Politics of Passion in the Americas (8th Encuentro), Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil, January 12-19.
2013: “Hemi GSI Convergence: Experimental Collectivity,” Conference Organizer, University of California, Los Angeles / University of Southern California (USC), October 10-13.
2013: Mellon Mays West Coast Regional Conference, Conference Organizer, Undergraduate Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles, February 7-10.
2012: “Decolonial and Dewestern Options,” Panel Organizer, Convergence 2012: The Geo/Body Politics of Emancipation, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, November 9-12.
2012: “El diálogo sin palabras: Performing ‘Hidden Transcripts’ in Jesusa Rodriguez’s ‘Dialogues between Darwin and God,’” Panelist, Mellon Mays Graduate Conference, Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, June 13-17.
2012: “Choreographing Collective Intersectional Identities in Reflejo de la Diosa Luna’s Migración Performance,” Plenary Presenter, Thinking Gender Conference, University of California, Los Angeles, February 3.
2012: “Undergraduate Powell Poster Conference,” Conference Organizer, Undergraduate Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles, May 23.
2012: “Aleph Conference,” Conference Organizer, Undergraduate Research Center, University of California, Los Angeles, May 31.
2011: “Displacement and Belonging: Constructing a Disidentificatory Space in Teatro de las Chicanas,” Panelist, Mellon Mays Graduate Conference, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, June 15-17.
2011: “Global Flashpoints: Transnational Performance and Politics,” Organizer, Center for Performance Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, October 6-12.
2011: “13th Annual Westwind and Aleph Conference,” Conference Organizer, UCLA Undergraduate Research Center, May 20.
Invited Presentations and Lectures
2019: “Chicana M(other)work as Theory, Collective, and Everyday Practice,” Skype Presenter, Our Lady of the Lake University, Comadres: Graduate Student Mami Support Group Retreat, November 23.
2019: “The Chicana M(other)work Panel,” Presenter, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Ethnic Studies, November 15.
2019: “Chicana M(other)work as Theory, Collective, and Everyday Practice,” Presenter, California State University, Los Angeles, Department of Chicana/o and Latina/o Studies, October 8.
2019: “Research Resource Panel,” Joint Presentation with Educational Opportunity Program, ONDAS Student Center, Transfer Student Center, and Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. University of California, Santa Barbara, September 18.
2019: “McNair Scholars Program Panel,” Presentation for Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP), University of California, Santa Barbara, August 22.
2019: “Promise Scholar Resource Panel,” Presentation for Freshman Summer Start Program (FSSP) Participants, University of California, Santa Barbara, August 12.
2019: “A Plática on the Chicana M(other)work Anthology,” Presenter, Chicana M(other)work Book Launch Organized by MOCA de UCLA, InterActions, and Center for Community College Partnership, Los Angeles, CA, June 5.
2019: “Roundtable on Motherhood: A Xicana Indigena Perspective and in Practice,” Discussant, The Hungry Woman Symposium organized by Las Maestras Center for Xicana Indigenous Thought, Art, and Social Practice, Santa Barbara, CA, June 1.
2019: “Radically Mothering the Future: A Plática on the Chicana M(other)work Anthology,” Presenter, MamaScholars: Mothering in Academia Symposium, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, March 23.
2019: “Stress, Postpartum Depression, and Anxiety: A Dialogue Circle,” Discussant, Mothering in Academia Symposium, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA, March 23.
2019: “Petrona de la Cruz Cruz’s Theater Repertoire,” Presenter and Discussant for Theater 185MX: Theater and Performance in Mexico: Embodying, Resisting, and Subverting Stereotypes, Department of Theater and Dance, University of California, Santa Barbara, February 26.
2019: “Dulces y Amargos Sueños: Written and Performed by Petrona de la Cruz Cruz and Directed by Doris Difarnecio,” Chair of Q&A with the Artists, Organized by Ruth Hellier-Tinoco and Las Maestras Center for Xicana Indigenous Thought, Art and Social Practice, University of California, Santa Barbara, February 18.
2019: “McNair Scholars Program Panel,” Joint Presentation with MESA Program for Mission College Visit, University of California, Santa Barbara, January 22.
2019: “Undergraduate Internship Opportunities” Joint Information Session with Center for Science and Engineering Partnerships, Materials Research Laboratory, and UCSB Graduate Division, January 15.
2018: “McNair Scholars Program Panel” Presentation for Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP), University of California, Santa Barbara, August 23.
2018: “Graduate School Pathways for Transfer Students and Overview of McNair Program,” Presentation for Santa Rosa Junior College Puente Program, University of California, Santa Barbara, March 14.
2017: “McNair Scholars Program Panel” Presentation for Summer Transitional Enrichment Program (STEP), University of California, Santa Barbara, August 24.
2017: “Graduate School Pathways for Transfer Students and Overview of McNair Program,” Presentation for Mt. San Antonio College TRIO Student Support Services, University of California, Santa Barbara, August 2.
2017: “Candid Conversation: Debt and the Humanities” Discussant, University of California Humanities Research Institute, Video Dialogue, March 30.
2017: “Overview of McNair Scholars Program,” Presentation for the Writing Program and Educational Opportunity Program’s W.E.B. Du Bois Event, University of California, Santa Barbara, February 28.
2017: “Undergraduate Research, Preparing for Graduate School, and the McNair Scholars Program” Presenter for Pursuing a Graduate Education and Beyond Conference, University of California, Santa Barbara, February 5.
2015: “Chicana M(other)work: Radical Transformations for Family, Work, School,” Panelist, Beyond Borders Initiative, Flagstaff, Arizona, September 17.
UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Co-Facilitator for UCSB Equal Opportunity Program (EOP)
Summer 2019: Summer Transitional Enrichment Program Transitions Sessions
Co-Instructor for UCSB McNair Scholars Summer Program and Edison-McNair Summer Program
Summer 2017-Present: McNair Scholars Summer Program Junior Seminar
Summer 2017-Present: McNair Scholars Summer Program Senior Seminar
Summer 2017-Present: Edison-McNair Scholars Summer Program Seminar
Co-Instructor for UCSB McNair Scholars Program’s Fall, Winter, and Spring Seminars
Winter 2017-Present: McNair Scholars Program Sophomore Seminar
Winter 2017-Present: McNair Scholars Program Junior Seminar
Winter 2017-Present: McNair Scholars Program Senior Seminar
Sole Instructor and Courses Designed for UCLA Academic Advancement Program’s Transfer Summer Program
Summer 2015: Intersectionality in Chicana/o Literature and Culture (designed course)
Summer 2013: Performance in Chicana/o Literature and Culture (designed course)
Teaching Assistant for UCLA Theater Department
Winter 2013: Introduction to Theater
Fall 2013: Chicano Theater since 1980
Winter 2012: Approaches to Interpretation of Theater and Performance
Fall 2012: Beginnings of Chicano Theater Movement
Winter 2012: Introduction to Dance for Musical Theater
Special Reader for UCLA Theater Department
Winter 2016: Approaches to Interpretation of Theater and Performance
2015: Mellon Mays Seminar on Preparing for the Professoriate, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
2015: Summer Institute for Inter-University Program for Latino Research Mellon Fellowship, University of Illinois at Chicago
2013: Seminar for SSRC Mellon Mays Proposal Writing, Chicago, Illinois
2012: Research Mentee for UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Program with Dr. Chon Noriega
2012: Summer Institute for Department of Performance Studies, Northwestern University
2012: Graduate Student Researcher for UCLA Department of English with Dr. Marissa K. López
2011-2012: Graduate Student Researcher for UCLA Department of Theater with Dr. Sue-Ellen Case
SERVICE TO PROFESSION
2019-Present: Committee Member of MamaScholars: Mothering in Academia Series, a series of events aiming to create academically informed and consciousness-raising spaces for mothers and allies
2017-Present: Local Arrangements Committee Member of California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education
2017-Present: Committee Member of UCSB’s Counseling and Psychological Services Advisory Committee
2014-Present: Co-Founder of Chicana Motherwork Collective, a collective of Chicana-identified mother-scholars providing a framework for institution transformation via publications, presentations, and a podcast
2016-2017: Committee Member of UCLA’s Division of Undergraduate Education Injury and Illness Prevention Program (IIPP)
2016-2017: Co-Founder of Mothers of Color in Academia de UCLA, a group that addresses the needs of mothers of color and allies in the academy
2013-2016: Co-Founder of Revolutionary Women Writing Collective, a writing group for women of color scholars and allies who workshop their research in progress
2012-2013: Peer-Review Editor for Mester Journal, volume XLII on “Hemispheric Spring 2013 Intersections,” UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese
2011: Summer Intern for Centro Hemisférico en FOMMA and Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, Chiapas, Mexico
2019: UCSB Sponsored Projects Training for Administrators in Research (STAR) Program, Santa Barbara, CA, September 2019 – May 2020.
2019: Council for Opportunity in Education Conference: Covering All the Bases of College Opportunity, Chicago, IL, September 8-11.
2019: Professional Women’s Association Conference: Advancing Women in Work and Community, Santa Barbara, CA, May 9.
2019: Renaissance TRiO Training Project Priority 1 Training: Evaluation, Recordkeeping and Reporting Student/Project Performance, Denver, CO, April 30 – May 1.
2019: Curious Minds 2.0 – A Culturally Aware Mentoring Workshop, Santa Barbara, CA, March 8.
2019: University of Nevada, Las Vegas Priority 2 TRiO Training: Budget Management and Statutory/Regulatory Requirements, Las Vegas, NV, February 10-12.
2018: Curious Minds 1.0 – A Culturally Aware Mentoring Workshop, Santa Barbara, CA, May 18.
2018: Sonoma State University Priority 6 TRiO Training: New Directors and General Project Management, Salt Lake City, Utah, May 6-8.
2019-Present: Council for Opportunity in Education (COE Institutional Member)
2017-Present: National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA)
2012-Present: National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS)
2012-Present: Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network (MMFPN)
2015-2017: Inter-University Program for Latino Research (IUPLR)
2014-2017: Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS)
2014-2017: American Studies Association (ASA)
2011-2017: American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)
2011-2017: Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
2011-2013: Hemispheric Institute Graduate Student Initiatives (Hemi GSI)
Language: Spanish, native spoken proficiency, advanced writing and reading; proficient translating and interpreting. Substantial experience in formal teaching, event organizing, project management, public speaking, social media marketing, people management, grant writing, and fundraising. Trained in Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint), Adobe (Acrobat Pro, InDesign, Contribute, Photoshop), Student Information Systems (UCSB Star, UCLA Counselor Desktop, UCLA OASIS), and Purchasing and Reimbursement Systems (Express Travel and Entertainment, Gateway, BruinBuy PAC Preparer).