Maria Santana

Maria C. Santana
Program Director
UCF Women’s and Gender Studies Program

Dr. Maria (M. C.) Santana is the Principal Investigator of the Fulbright-Hays GPA to Argentina and an Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida where she also serves as the Director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the College of Arts and Humanities. Dr. Santana teaches for the undergraduate and graduate Women’s and Gender Studies program. She is also the director for the Science Leadership and Mentoring (SLAM), a mentoring program with 13 year-old girls and UCF women. Dr. Santana’s interests include studying intersectionalities of race, gender, sexuality and social class. She has a PhD. in International Communication and a minor in Spanish from Temple University. Her Special Interest for the Fulbright-Hays GPA to Argentina are to document the stories of women activists in the 19th and 20th century. Her classes include: First and Second Wave of Feminism; Global and Transnational Feminism; Women, Race & Struggle; Research on Women and Gender and Theories of Gender. Santana is also a UCF Fellow for the Center for Global Economic and Environmental Opportunity, a UCF Partner of the Puerto Rico Research Hub and a UCF Fellow of the Center for the Study of Human Trafficking & Modern Slavery.

María T. Redmon
María T. Redmon
Senior Instructor
Modern Languages and Literatures, Spanish Language and Translation Certificate Programs
Translation Interpretation Internship Director
Sigma Delta Pi, Spanish Honor Society, Advisor

Professor María T. Redmon is the Co-Principal Investigator of the Fulbright-Hays GPA to Argentina and a Senior Instructor of Spanish at the University of Central Florida where she also serves as the Coordinator for the Spanish Translation Certificate Internship program and the Director of the Peru Study Abroad Program. Professor Redmon teaches Spanish at the undergraduate level and offers the exit exam for the Translation and Interpretation Certificate program. She is also the Faculty Advisor for the Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Collegiate Honor Society. Professor Redmon has authored articles for the AP Spanish program and has published an AP Spanish Workbook preparation text. For over 18 years she has served as an AP Reader and held various positions within the AP Reading. In addition, she has presented papers at National and International conferences on Translation and Interpretation, Spanish for Specific Purposes and other topics related to Spanish language, culture and literature. Some of her favorite Argentine writers include Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar , Ernesto Sábato, Leopoldo Lugones, Silvina and Victoria Ocampo, Hebe Uhart, Alfonsina Storni, Daniel Moyano, and Quino just to mention a few from Argentina.

“Return to Argentina with a group of educators and colleagues to study and share knowledge of the contributions of Argentine women to the development of a nation is a unique opportunity to be immersed in the past and present and experience the hopes and dreams for the future of Argentina. To live and study Spanish language in Buenos Aires will provide opportunity to develop a command of the language and culture of Argentina to then take this knowledge to the classrooms and enrich students and professor in various disciplines.”

“Volver a la Argentina con un grupo de educadores y colegas para estudiar y compartir conocimientos de las aportaciones de las mujeres argentinas al desarrollo de la nación es una oportunidad única para empaparnos en el pasado y el presente y sentir los sueños para el futuro de la Argentina. Vivir y estudiar la lengua castellana en Buenos Aires nos facilitará el desarrollo del domino de la lengua y la cultura de la Argentina para llevar estos conocimientos a las aulas y enriquecer a estudiantes y profesores en varias disciplinas.”