Scholar Stories: Dra. Sara P. Alvarez

How do you use writing or art in your life?

Writing (in all of its communicative forms) is a way for me to reflect, think, connect, and remain answerable to my communities. Through my personal writing practice, I often reflect on the rich and critical “happenings” of my own transnational experience. Via my teaching of academic writing, I work with fellow educators and writers, to interrogate the function of writing and its monolingual ideology. Through my engagement of public writing, I seek to continue building with my immigrant communities in ways that can cultivate our voices with dignity and joy.

What lessons/teachings from your family, home and/or community do you draw on in your teaching and/or scholarship?

My own bicultural and bilingual upbringing in a proud immigrant Queens, New York City household is, both my guiding method, and methodology for living and teaching academic writing. My community involvement and immigrant ties have broaden my horizons as well as rooted me in sustainable ways. And as my parents have inculcated in me, “con el español la vida es mas sabrosa, y el cariño crece.”

What would you tell your younger self?

It’s okay to live this moment as is. 

Your lived experience will carry you beyond your dreams.

Advice for new scholars and/or teachers:

 Kindness goes a long way, and building kindness is an emergent relationship;

Be kind to yourself, your colleagues, and students. 2) Pause, learn to pause. As my very own mentora, Leigh Patel, has helped see, pausing is also a way of doing and learning.

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