Class of 2022
Congratulations to all our 2022 graduates from the Department of Spanish and Portuguese!
Graduating class of 2022
Major in Spanish
Becky Umana Guzmán
Major in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Joint major in Spanish and Linguistics
Combined major in Spanish and Portuguese
Valentina Garcia Ocampos
Emory College Language Center Awards in Spanish and Portuguese
Eliana Namen - ECLC Award for Excellence in Portuguese
Rebecca Gibbons - ECLC Award for Excellence in Spanish
Becca is from Sudbury, England, and is a senior double-majoring in Neuroscience & Behavioral Biology and Spanish. At Emory, she has developed her passion for languages by taking classes in Italian and Portuguese, in addition to Spanish, and was inspired to declare her Spanish major after studying abroad in Spain in Summer 2019. In addition to her classes, Becca has been actively involved as a Resident Advisor, Teaching Assistant, and clinical psychology Research Assistant in the School of Medicine. After graduating, she hopes to work in ESL teaching & youth mental health services in Europe while preparing for future graduate studies.
Emma Horsfield - Emilia Navarro Award for Excellence in Spanish
Emma Horsfield is from Bettendorf, IA and will be graduating with a BBA in strategy and management consulting and a double major in Spanish. On campus, she is a Career Coach at Goizueta, RHA & BBA mentor, TA and Co-President of She's the First Emory. Next year, she will be working at Kantar as a Research Analyst and looks forward to attending intercambios in Atlanta.
Lucas Wright - Award for Excellence in Lusophone Studies
Lucas Wright is a fourth-year student originally from Chattanooga, TN, studying a joint major in Spanish and Portuguese, and a double major in Philosophy, Politics, and Law through Emory College’s Honors Program. Lucas began studying Portuguese in 2019 in Profa. Teixeira’s “Portuguese for Spanish Speakers” course. Since then, he has explored a variety of courses allowing him to concentrate his interest in linguistics while building a strong foundation in areas of Lusophone culture and the Portuguese language. He has also been heavily involved in the department’s events including the weekly bate-papos and Spanish/Portuguese poetry events, representing Portuguese at the Emory College Language Center’s 2022 Poetry Gala. Currently, he works in the Department of History as a Research Assistant and Translator with Dr. Mariana Candido, assisting with the translation of 18th-century Angolan documents. His academic interests include multilingualism, glottopolitics, and post-second-language acquisition; after graduating in May he is looking forward to studying abroad in Portugal, and will be taking a gap year to prepare for future graduate studies.
Nikki Horton - Award for Excellence in Spanish and Linguistics
Nikki Horton is a fourth-year graduating with a double major in Spanish-Linguistics and Creative Writing. She is passionate about all things language-related and has studied Portuguese and Russian during her time at Emory. Outside of the classroom, she is the Editor-in-Chief of Alloy Literary Magazine and has worked as a tutor at the Emory Writing Center for three years. She hopes to work as a Spanish teacher or travel abroad to teach English after graduation. In her free time, she enjoys reading, listening to music, and writing.
Raquel Luna - Carlos Rojas Award for Excellence in Writing
Raquel is a senior double majoring in Spanish & Portuguese and Spanish & Linguistics. The highlights of her academic experience at Emory and Oxford have without a doubt been her language and linguistics courses, where she was able to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for other cultures as well as her own Puerto Rican heritage through studying language. After graduation, Raquel plans to teach English to speakers of other languages either abroad or in her hometown of Orlando, FL.
Wilner Alvarez - Award for Excellence in Community Engagement
Wilner is graduating in May 2022 with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics & Political Science and Spanish & Portuguese. During his time at Emory, he has worked closely with other student leaders to create safe spaces for other Latinx and first-generation students. He is the founder and president of the Latinx Pre-Law Society, an organization focused on providing community and resources to aspiring attorneys. In the coming years, Wilner plans to apply to law school and pursue a career in immigration law..