Stefania Becerra Lavado

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Stefania graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University in 2023 with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Global Health. She immigrated to the U.S. to pursue her bachelor’s degree after receiving a soccer scholarship. She is interested in linguistic and cultural diversity around the world, so her biggest passion is learning about other communities through their native language. After learning English and Portuguese, she is currently focused on learning Japanese and Quechua.

Stefania’s anthropological interests are focused on issues related to access to health and education services, linguistic diversity, and language revitalization of indigenous languages in Latin America. She is specifically interested in investigating the inclusion of health and education services in Quechua for those who reside in the capital of Peru.

She was part of fieldwork research in Guatemala where they investigated mental health services and bullying. Stefania was personally interested in the quality of services available in Kaqchikel, one of the Mayan Languages. She is excited to learn from world-leading experts at HRAF, which she is confident will help her conduct cross-cultural research and help her community in the near future.

During her time in college, Stefania played for the ASU Women’s Soccer Club and in the Arizona Women’s Soccer League. She was part of the executive board of the Latinx/Chicanx/Hispanic student organization El Concilio, was an International Student Ambassador, and worked at the International Students and Scholars Center.