Mi María on the Radio

L-R: Dr. Jocelyn Géliga Vargas, Brenda Y. Flores Santiago, Julio Victor Ramirez, Kiara M. Rivera Santiago, & Bryan Ramos Romero at the Radio Isla del Oeste studio in Mayagüez.

During the months of June and July a group of project members were invited to two different radio stations to talk about Mi María: Puerto Rico after the Hurricane. On June 12, 2019, undergraduate student, Brenda Y. Flores Santiago, had a fifteen-minute interview at Radio Isla (WSKN 1320 AM) in San Juan. Radio host, Damaris Suarez, asked Flores Santiago to provide listeners with an introduction of the two parts of the Mi María project: collaboration with the nonprofit organization Voice Of Witness (VOW) on a book and partnership with the Humanities Action Lab (HAL) on a mobile exhibition that’s going to travel through Puerto Rico and the United States. Flores Santiago also shared the various ways in which the public can follow along with the progress of the project—social media platforms and the official website—and encouraged the audience to become involved in the project.

On July 8, Radio Isla del Oeste (WKJB 710 AM), located in Mayagüez, interviewed Flores Santiago with fellow students, Bryan Ramos Romero and Kiara M. Rivera Santiago, alongside Dr. Jocelyn Géliga Vargas—all from the Department of English. Hosted by broadcaster, Julio Victor Ramirez, project participants took part in an in-depth conversation that lasted for two hours. Each member of the project highlighted the role they have taken on as active members of the project, insights on the collected narratives, the work each student has done for the exhibition portion of the project, highlights from the project, and reflections on what the work means to them.