IDCE Students Profiles

T'Nia Crutchfield (IDSC '2013)

T'Nia Crutchfield (USA) graduated from the University of Virginia in 2008 with a B.A. in Foreign Affairs, concentration Latin America, and Spanish. In her first year at UVA, she won the Corps Member of the Year Award through the AmeriCorps program Jumpstart, tutoring inner-city at-risk kindergarteners in literacy. Also at UVA, she was selected amongst thousands of students to travel toMélo and Montevideo, Uruguay to advocate for education reform in public elementary schools, and Xéla, Guatemala as a hygienic teacher and medical aide in Primeros Pasos Clinic. Also while in Xéla, she hiked the highest mountain in Central America, VolcánTajumulco (13,845feet) with the program Quetzal Trekkers to raise money for Guatemalan street kids. Using my fluency in Spanish, she volunteers at the Central American Resource Center in Washington, DC as a Citizenship Workshop Facilitator, helping eligible immigrants complete their citizenship applications. Upon graduating, she has worked for the Pan-American Health Organization and Inter-American Development Bank, and currently work as a Security Specialist for Customs and Border Protection. Her research interests include immigration, international education, community outreach and gender inequalities amongst indigenous populations in Latin America and the effects on educational opportunities for women and girls.