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2018 LHIP Report

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TABLE OF CONTENTSIntroductionAcknowledgementsThank You to Partners Contact InformationPartner & NPSAbout The PartnersStatement Of PurposeProgram Success Example of Student SuccessesDemographicsParks & Number of InternsProject Highlights Sta & Intern QuotesNews & VideosConclusion Appendix: Intern Bios 345679101112131518222324252LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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INTRODUCTIONWe are excited to have successfully concluded our fourth Latino Heritage Internship Program (LHIP) summer.Once more, LHIP interns have not only made long-lasting contributions to their host National Park Service sites, but also to the thousands of people who visit our national parks and historic sites every summer. It is thanks to our interns’ dedication that the National Park Service can continue to broaden accessibility to our nation’s public lands and historic sites, as well as assist with new strategies to foster long-term visitor engagement. From designing business plans aimed at better connecting diverse demographics with park-store educational materials, to providing crucial support to visitor services in one of the busiest parks in south Florida, LHIP internships have proven to be a vital part of the National Park Service’s goal to elevate the quality of visitor experience, while also enabling young professionals to inspire others to be stewards of our public lands for another hundred years. Through close mentorship, relevant training resources, and hands-on work, LHIP strives to continue building a robust pathway to prepare new generations of professionals for fullling careers with the National Park Service. It is with this mission in mind that our program emphasizes the privilege to serve communities.We look forward to creating more internship positions; opportunities to support the National Park Service mission to inspire people to enjoy our great outdoors. Please join us through the pages of this report to explore the tremendous impact of the LHIP 2018 interns’ projects — for more details on these, visit our LHIP blog using the following link: EFTA and HAF teams3LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORTLHIP class of 2018

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTSLooking at the fruits of these summer assignments, we can clearly see the passion and dedication brought by the LHIP interns and supervisors to each of their host parks and sites. A vital part of their success has been enabled and magnied by a multitude of supporters closely and actively contributing to the benet of the program, its participants, and our national parks.• As always, we want to give a heartwarming gracias to our NPS Youth Programs partners:• George McDonald, Youth Programs Manager, for his commitment to developing the next generation of NPS professional leaders and public land stewards.• Paloma Bolasny, Coordinator of the Latino Heritage Internship Program, whose passion for cultural resources and guidance through the implementation of this program continue to strengthen the quality of NPS Youth Programs. • Ernestine White, NPS Youth Programs Coordinator, for her crucial support in the implementation and coordination of this program.• As well as to our partners and supporters including:• Zulmilena Then, Preserving East New York (PENY) - LHIP 2018 Workshop keynote speaker.• Katie Phillips, Education and Outreach Program Manager; Samuel Bold, Rocky Mountain National Park Ranger; and the Rocky Mountain National Park sta for opening the doors to our LHIP 2018 cohort to enjoy learning more about the Rockies during our post-internship workshop.• NPS Sta from LHIP host sites for their mentorship and professionalism.• And last but not least, gracias to our amazing LHIPsters for their inspiring work and powerful creativity!4LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORTAlejandra Garza, Samuel Vital, Ariana Montaño, Zulmilena Then (LHIP 2018 Keynote Speaker), Elizabeth García, Emelyn Najera, Stephanie Cruz, Valeria Parada

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THANK YOU TO PARTNERS• Arepas Queen - For the second year, Arepas Queen - a Venezuelan food provider in the Denver area - catered the welcome dinner for the LHIP workshop. Thank you for the delicious meals, Arepas Queen.• Friends Groups at many parks - For supporting LHIP interns with their projects and broadening the impact of their work. • University of Arizona - Has continued to support LHIP projects in Tucson and nearby cities. • William Floyd High School, NY participated in Latino Conservation Week at Fire Island National Seashore. • Patchogue, NY community works with Fire Island National Seashore to promote activities in the park. • The Keen Foundation for providing additional funding that supported additional backcountry training for some of LHIP’s Latina participants. • Denver Public Schools, District 2 - LHIP interns from Rocky Mountain, the Intermountain Region, and Florissant Fossil Beds worked with DPS summer camp organizers doing outreach to the Latino community on the southwest Denver schools• Diving with a Purpose - For working hand-in-hand with the LHIP Underwater Archeology interns at Biscayne National Park.• San Antonio Conservation Society - For providing access to historic resources for our intern in San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.• Sequoia Parks Conservancy - For supporting our intern’s research on business models for visitor service merchandise.• And more!!!5LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORTBrandon Barragan - Point Reyes National Seashore

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CONTACT INFORMATIONGeorge McDonaldProgram ManagerYouth Programs Divisiongeorge_mcdonald@nps.govPaloma BolasnyYouth Program CoordinatorCultural Resources Oce of Interpretation & EducationCultural Resources, Partnerships, and Sciencepaloma_bolasny@nps.govErnestine WhiteNational Youth Employment Programs CoordinatorYouth Programs Maite ArceFounder and Michelle NeuenschwanderDirector of Youth Programs Rodrigo Otárola y Bentin LHIP HAF - Mailing Address 1030 15th St. NW Suite B/1 # 150 Washington DC 20005 Tel: (202) 640-4342 hispanicaccess.orgSusan BoneldExecutive Directorsboneld@environmentamericas.orgDalia DortaLatino Outreach Coordinatorddorta@environmentamericas.orgEFTA – Mailing Address5171 Eldorado Springs DriveSuite NBoulder, CO 80303 Tel: (303) 499-1950environmentamericas.orglatinoheritageintern.com6LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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PARTNERS & NATIONAL PARK SERVICEBACKGROUNDA 2014 research brieng by Latino Decisions and the Hispanic Ac-cess Foundation analyzed nine major public opinion polls from the last three years and found that Latinos overwhelmingly support greater environmental protections, such as preserving parks and public lands. Additionally, this brieng found that 1) Latinos viewed natural and cultural resource conservation as essential to a better quality of life and that 2) Latinos believe individuals and government have important roles in protecting natural resources and promoting healthy, clean communities.The NPS has a number of national internship programs that focus on increasing opportunities for diverse populations and ethnic groups. These programs include: The NPS Student Conservation As-sociation Academy, the Cultural Resources Diversity Intern Program, Mosaics in Science, the Ancestral Lands program, and the Histori-cally Black Colleges and Universities Intern Program. None of these programs specically target the fastest growing population group in the United States of America and the most underrepresented group in the NPS workforce. During the past 4 years, LHIP has already placed 175 participants in NPS units across all of the agency’s regions to address this challenge. Additionally, among our many applicants, we receive strong interest from veterans to bring the skill set and service-driven fervor to our public lands. In LHIP 2016 and LHIP 2018, we placed Caleb Henderson and Dane Silva, two young veterans deployed in Afghanistan who are now pursuing careers in Maritime Archeology. During their LHIP experiences, both Caleb and Dane worked closely with the Underwater Archeology team at Biscayne National Park to survey the park’s submerged resources, and explore the location of potential new artifacts as part of the Guerrero Project. LHIP will continue to build pathways for diverse sectors of the student population to nd professional opportunities serving our public lands.ENVIRONMENT FOR THE AMERICAS AND NPSEFTA has a long history working with the National Park Service that began in the early 2000’s through EFTA’s keystone education program, International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD). This hemispheric celebration of birds serves to provide biologists and educa-tors the tools they need to engage the public in learning about birds and bird con-servation. At this time, EFTA began receiving calls from NPS sta requesting Spanish-language materials. Subsequent conversations with parks revealed that IMBD events were not attended by diverse audiences, despite the changing demographics.These anecdotal results led to EFTA’s concerns that there might be barriers to partici-pation in nature and science-based programs in the parks. As a result, EFTA proposed to study the issue and provide guidance not only to parks, but also to other sites that were struggling to reach Latino youth and adults.EFTA’s coordination of both the Latino Heritage Internship Program and Mosaics in Science Diversity Internship Program in partnership with Hispanic Access Foundation and Greening Youth Foundation respectively helps to address the need to diversify the faces our parks biologists, interpreters, and educators. The internship programs also provide critical experiences and the training needed to compete for jobs in the eld of natural resources, heritage preservation, and public engagement.7LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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HISPANIC ACCESS FOUNDATION AND NPSThe Hispanic Access Foundation established a very productive and collaborative partnership with the National Park Service beginning in 2012 through HAF’s public lands and conservation advocacy eorts. HAF has been integral in helping to create a more diverse National Park system. These successes have been in part to the collaboration and dedication of the Department of the Interior in advancing inclusionary measures in the National Park Service. HAF’s coordination of both the Latino Heritage Internship Program and collaboration with the National Park Service for the annual Latino Conservation Week celebrations addresses the need to increase opportunities for diverse communities to engage with their National Parks as visitors, employees, interns, and stewards. In addition to LHIP, Hispanic Access Foundation also coordinates professional development programs supporting the work of the NPS National Capital Region, the NPS Rivers, Trails, Community Assistance Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Bureau of Reclamation. For Latino youth, LHIP provides the opportunity to learn and experience working for the National Park Service, as well as the opportunity to expand their professional, academic, and personal networks. LHIP interns have also provided immeasurable support in creating and organizing Latino Conservation Week (LCW) activities in their host parks, sites and oces each year. LCW events promote new and current visitor engagement with our nation’s public lands. For the aforementioned reasons, LHIP has proven to be a strong platform to advance DOI’s goals in diversify-ing its workforce and visitorship for the next 100 years.8LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORTLHIP 2018 Group in Rocky Mountain National Park

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ABOUT THE PARTNERSNPS Youth Programs partnered with two non-prot organizations to implement the LHIP program: Environment for the Americas (EFTA) and Hispanic Access Foundation (HAF) work together in recruiting, onboarding and overseeing the participants of this program. Our two-partner model allows the NPS to provide a quality professional experience to more than 40 LHIP interns stationed in multiple NPS units and oces across the country.ENVIRONMENT FOR THE AMERICAS Environment for the Americas (EFTA) is a non-prot organization based in Boulder, Colorado whose primary mis-sion is to promote conservation across the Western Hemisphere. Eective conservation requires the engagement of diverse partners and people, and EFTA works to motivate broad participation in its own programs and in the eld of natural resources.In 2009, with research funding from the National Science Foundation, EFTA collaborated with national parks across the country to identify ways to increase participation by underserved audiences, particularly Latino. EFTA has used the results of its research to create Latino-focused internship opportunities, to raise visitation to parks and partici-pation in nature-based programs by Latinos, and to develop materials that may be used to better inform Latino communities about the opportunities parks provide.EFTA’s research and its model have informed many federal and non-governmental agencies and organizations, including the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, Los Angeles Audubon, the city of Longmont, Colorado, and others. Becoming a host organization for the LHIP program was a natural expansion of EFTA’s work with Latino youth.EFTA Website: Latino Heritage Internship Program: Facebook: Environment for the Americas l Twitter: EFTA_birdday l Instagram: EFTA_birdday HISPANIC ACCESS FOUNDATION HAF is a 501(c)3 nonprot organization that provides programming and support to the Latino community across the U.S. We believe that cross-sector partnerships are essential to creating positive social change and engaging every-one’s strengths to contribute to American society. We focus on nancial education, health, environment, college access and workforce development.Our proven model helps our partners to provide high quality services and information while building strong relationships and brand awareness with the rapidly expanding Latino population. Partners often turn to HAF to customize their traditional outreach and engagement strategy to better reect the needs and behavior of Latinos.HAF partners with socially responsible companies, government agencies, and community and faith-based organizations committed to providing high-quality resources and services to the Latino community and engaging non-traditional stakeholders. Partners include the National Park Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Hewlett Foundation, H&R Block, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Recreational Equipment Incorporated.HAF Website: Latino Heritage Internship Program: Facebook: Hispanic Access Foundation l Twitter: @HispanicAccess l Instagram: HispanicAccess9LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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STATEMENT OF PURPOSEThe Latino Heritage Intern Program is a component of an overarching service-wide strategy to address and correct the lack of Latino employment opportunities within the NPS. NPS developed Cooperative and Task Agreements to engage upcoming professionals in key elds through the strategic use of student internships with partner organizations. These agreements allowed the NPS to invest in cost ecient strategies geared towards recruiting entry level talent, predicting future performance, and building a more diverse workforce. Preparing and integrating this generation into the NPS workforce is critical for the future of the Service.PROGRAM GOALS AND OBJECTIVESThe Latino Heritage Internship Program supports a number of DOI priorities. Through the recruitment of youth through conservation organizations, LHIP provides signicant support to the NPS by providing interpretive programs and increased visitor services during peak visitation months. Additional interpretive programs help parks expand access to visitors and neighboring communities.Research and documentation projects provide park managers with critical resource management information so that execution of and planning for cyclical and deferred maintenance can move forward. Fieldwork conducted by interns helps parks identify best practices to manage land and water resources. 10LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORTDry Tortugas National Park Credit: Daniela Alviz, Everglades National Park

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PROGRAM SUCCESSESTOTAL NUMBER OF INTERNSHIPS FUNDED: 45 Environment for the Americas and Hispanic Access Foundation were responsible for the coordination, supervision, and logistical support of 45 LHIP interns. These internships were funded by a variety of partners as listed below:Washington Oce, Youth Programs: 39 Fire Island National Seashore: 1 positionWashington Oce, Historic American Buildings Survey: 1 positionHomestead National Park of the Americas: 1 positionManzanar National Historic Site: 2 positionsWashington Oce, Oce of Education, Interpretation, and Volunteers: 1 position 11LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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EXAMPLE OF STUDENT SUCCESSES:Brandon Barragan (2018) was hired by Friends of Point Reyes after his internship with Point Reyes National Sea-shore. He will continue his work working with the commu-nity and engaging diverse audiences in park activities. Eduardo Chaidez was hired by Friends of the San Francis-co Maritime National Historical Park following his intern-ship at San Francisco Maritime. His experiences restoring historical boats and researching the marithe diverse people who contributed to San Francisco’s maritime his-tory will continue with his new position. Roxana Saravia (LHIP 2017, 2018) In her second year at Fire Island National Seashore, Roxana adapted her work to include eld research to help her gain the experience she needed for graduate school. In spring 2018, she was notied that she was accepted into Stony Brook University’s Marine Science graduate program.Bridgette Manjarrez (LHIP 2016) After her LHIP internship at Grand Teton National Park in 2016, Bridgette re-turned as a seasonal ranger in 2017. She continues to work as a seasonal park ranger with NPS.Kevin Jauregui (2018) piloted geology camps at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, combining his enthu-siasm for engaging youth in science with his geology background. He will be staying at the Park for at least 6 more months through the Geoscientists-in-the-Park program and hopes to return in 2019 to continue the camps. Rocío Goméz (LHIP 2017) helped conduct an oral history project at César Chávez National Monument during her extension at Manzanar National Historic SiteTomás Deza (LHIP 2015) is now working as a permanent employee with the NPS Cultural Resources DirectorateBrenda Ramírez (LHIP 2016) is now working as a seasonal Park Ranger in Golden Gate National recreation Area.Andrianna Dowell (LHIP 2017) continues to work with the NPS Washington Support Oce Archeology Program supporting their communication strategies. 12LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORTCristina Martínez Guzmán (LHIP 2016,) is now working as a Park Ranger in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. “This season, I got the incred-ible opportunity to be a Park Ranger in a place I have always wanted to go: Alaska. Up to 95% of visitors to Glacier Bay visit by water, so the duties of an interpretive Park Ranger are mostly done on ocean-going vessels — from boats with no more than 100 passengers to cruise ships with almost 3,000 passengers. On board these vessels, my job was to interpret the natural and cultural history of this spectacular and dynamic place. From formal programs in cruise ship theaters to guided hikes in the temperate rainforest of Bartlett Cove, from public address commentaries on ships to children’s programs, we did a diversity of interpretive programs with the goal of ensuring visitors understood that Glacier Bay is a complex place.”

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EthnicityNUMBER OF PROJECT PER STATETOTALPARK LOCATIONSCaliforniaDistrict of ColumbiaTexasColoradoFloridaMassachusettsVirginiaArizona# OF PARTICIPANTS144433332PARK LOCATIONSNew YorkAlabamaLouisianaMarylandNebraskaNevadaNew MexicoWashington# OF PARTICIPANTS2111111145PARTICIPANT DEMOGRAPHICS (SELF-REPORTED)Age Gender Education14LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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PARKS & NUMBER OF INTERNSNPS PARK OR SITEBig Bend National Park/Rio Grande Wild and Scenic RiverBiscayne National ParkCasa Grande Ruins National Monument C&O Canal National Historical ParkEl Malpais and El Morro National MonumentsEverglades National Park Fire Island National SeashoreFlorissant Fossil Beds National MonumentGrand Canyon National ParkGeorge Washington Memorial ParkwayHomestead National Monument of America Intermountain Regional Oce - Oce of CommunicationsINTERNS211122211111STATETXFLAZMDNMFLNYCOAZDCNECOCITYBig BendHomesteadCoolidgeGreat Falls/GeorgetownGrantHomesteadPatchogue FlorissantGrand CanyonWashingtonBeatriceLakewoodTYPES OF POSITIONSBiological Science Technician:Resource management coordination with international parksUnderwater ArchaeologyCultural Resources InternOutreach Coordinator/AmbassadorInterpretation/EducationCultural History Education InternEducation and Community Outreach Intern: Education programs and outreach for local communities Natural resources and interp intern: Pilot geology camps for area youthInterpretation, Youth Programs, and Social Media Outreach Intern:Lead eld crews and provide educational experiencesMuseum/Archives Assistant: Historical research to organize NPS oral history interviewsInterpretation Intern: Ar-chiving of historic materialsCommunications Oce: Assist-ing in youth outreach events, website maintenance and legislative reports15LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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NPS PARK OR SITEJoshua Tree National ParkJuan Bautista de Anza National Historic TrailKings Canyon National ParkLake Mead National Recreation AreaLittle River Canyon National PreserveLyndon B Johnson National Historical ParkManassas National Battleeld ParkManzanar National Historic SiteNational Parks of BostonNew Orleans Jazz National Historical Park North Cascades National ParkNortheast Regional Oce- Olmsted Center for Landscape PreservationINTERNS122111111111STATECACACANVALTXVACAMALAWA MACITYTwentynine PalmsThree RiversLas VegasFort PayneJohnson City Manassas Lone PineBostonNew Orleans Sedro-WoolleyBostonTYPES OF POSITIONSHistoric Structures and Data Visualization SpecialistEducation/Interpretation Intern: Historical research, interpretation programs and outreachInterpretation InternVisual Information InternSafety and Resources Interpreter: Work with the public to provide safety information about Little River CanyonInterpretation Intern: Oer educational tours to the public, visitor services and salesBiological Technician Intern: Conduct avian surveys focusing on the Northern BobwhiteInterpretation and Visitor Services InternYouth-Engaged Digital Communications SpecialistNew Orleans Jazz Outreach/ Public Aairs Internship:Promote jazz events at the park and participate in public performancesCascades Buttery Science Engagement Specialist: Buttery population monitoring and climate change educationCultural Landscape Preservation Resource Assistant: Assisting in the “Cultural Landscape Report for Liberty Island” by document-ing the island’s historical devel-opment and current conditions16LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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NPS PARK OR SITEPoint Reyes National SeashoreRocky Mountain National ParkSaguaro National ParkSalem Maritime and Saugus Iron Works National Historic SitesSan Antonio Missions National Historical ParkSan Francisco Maritime National Historical ParkSanta Monica Mountains National Recreation AreaSequoia Kings Canyon National ParkShenandoah National ParkWashington Oce - Communications OceWashington Oce - Historic American Buildings SurveyWashington Oce - Oce of Interpretation, Education, and VolunteersYosemite National Park INTERNS1111112111211STATECACOAZMATXCACACAVADCDCDCCACITYPoint Reyes StationEstes ParkTucson, AZSalemSan AntonioSan Francisco,Los Angeles,Three Rivers LurayWashingtonWashingtonWashingtonYosemiteTYPES OF POSITIONSInterpretatzon intern: Work to engage the public in programs at the park and conduct out-reach to Latino communitiesInterpretive and Outreach Internship: Interpretation and assisting with Spanish Outreach programsBiological Technician: Examine saguaro owering phenologyPreschool Education/Interpretation InternMultimedia Outreach InternPreservation Intern: ·Historic preservation and interpretation of various watercraftsInterpreter and Marketing AdvisorInterpretation InternCommunications Specialist: Informal & formal interpretation programs and outreachHistoric Preservation Techni-cian/ArchitectInterpretation and EducationInterpretation Oce AssistantInterdisciplinary Wildlife Intern: Conduct bear research and participate in tagging and public education about human interactions with bears17LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTSHISTORIC AMERICAN BUILDINGS SURVEY: EMELYN NAJERA AND RODRIGO MARTINEZThe Historic American Building Survey (HABS)’ mission is crucial in preserving our nation’s architecture and the stories behind some of our most iconic buildings and historical neighborhoods. Starting in 2015, LHIP’s partnership with HABS has both advanced the documentation of historic preservation projects and created work opportunities for professionals in the eld. This year, LHIP placed two interns to work with HABS architects in completing several documentation projects. Emelyn Najera, LHIP HABS 2018 intern, was tasked with documenting a row-house in DC’s U Street Corridor and a house located in Hollin Hills – a housing complex designed by mid-century modern architect, Charles Goodman. Throughout her internship, Emelyn conducted eld-work, capturing measurements with hand-tools or with Leica laser scanners. In her words, LHIP not only provided her with an insight into HABS’s mission, but also with an opportunity to work with “a property [that] had retained much of its original design, making it an excellent candidate for documentation.” Rodrigo Martinez, LHIP HABS 2018 intern, spent his summer documenting the Memorial Amphitheatre at the Arlington National Cemetery. After delving into aerospace engineering during the early stages of his professional career, Rodrigo pursued a graduate degree in Architecture with a focus on historic preservation as he believes that architects can have an impact on history by adequately preserving the stories behind these places’ walls. With his unique blend of skills and perspectives, Rodrigo used HABS’ high-end tools and software to produce several sketches and 3D renderings following the program’s guidelines for documentation. “These kinds of careers are not seen [by the public] often…our drawings are used to show what a building was, what it is now, and what it could be in the future.”Emelyn and Rodrigo’s supervisor, Robert Arzola, appreciates the arduous work LHIP interns contribute to heritage documentation. In Robert’s words, LHIP “allows us to document collections that would otherwise be left.” ¡Gracias por su trabajo, Emelyn y Rodrigo!18LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORTRodrigo Martinez and Emelyn Najera - Historic American Buildings Survey

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SAN FRANCISCO MARITIME NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK: EDUARDO CHAIDEZEduardo Chaidez grew up in San Francisco’s Bay area without knowing about the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. It wasn’t until he became an LHIP intern at the site in 2016 that he had the opportunity to learn about the park’s focus on California maritime history. Eduardo has an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his artistic bent and interest in sharing knowledge has proven valuable to the park. They have requested his return for the past three years, and in 2018, his work was dedicated to preserving and restoring small boats in the park’s collection and documenting the preservation work.The Nuovo Mondo is one of the boats Eduardo helped to restore. This replica of a felucca boat used by Italian immigrants for shing in San Francisco Bay required new fasteners to hold its outside planks on the hull to the framing on the inside. Some of the methods he used to restore the boat are to stabilize the original framing by removing obsolete and corroded fasteners (screws) in order to install new fasteners in their place. Then, using a two part epoxy he lled the holes where the old fasteners were.The work sounds tedious, and Eduardo pulled out fasteners that were put in place as many as 150 years ago to replace them with modern fasteners. Eduardo also put his art skills to work cleaning up boat plans. He took old, dicult to read documents and manipulated them in Photoshop to create an inverse image, adjusting the brightness and contrast, but was unsuccessful in removing all of the old markings. His next attempt involved tracing the plans using Adobe Illustrator, so that the images may be used to understand the general structure and history of vessels.Eduardo also explored the use of photogrammetry to create three dimensional digital models of the park’s boats. The process required learning a new skill, taking lots of photos of boats, and then using software that plots the photos and renders a three dimensional digital image.By interpreting tangible primary sources like the actual ships, archival documents and museum artifacts into intangible values, Eduardo believes that we can facilitate connections between the meanings of the resource and the interests of the visitors; creating opportunities to explore ways to give them relevancy for diverse audiences. The project he worked on this summer reects the mission of the National Park Service to preserve natural and cultural resources for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The log books Eduardo helped with will serve to help future generations of curators, conservators and others interested in historic preservation to know the history and work done to each vessel.19LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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SAGUARO NATIONAL PARK: SARAH AUThe Sonoran Desert comes to life in the early evening as the white owers of the saguaro open. They are an invitation to a variety of pollinators, such as the lesser long-nosed bag and the Mexican long-tongued bat at night, and bees and the White-winged Dove in daylight. Saguaro National Park, in southern Arizona, celebrates this magnicent cactus and continues long-term studies of the phenology of owering under the direction of park biologist Don Swann. In 2018, intern Sarah Au joined the team.Sarah calls her herself a “wellness warrior” and seeks to connect people to their natural environment. Her love of plants is reected in her past experiences, and she has worked with regional eorts to diversify agriculture through seed banking and education and as a garden assistant with a local organic family farm. As an LHIP intern, she had the opportunity to study the owers of the saguaro, which are Arizona’s State Flower and considered sacred by the present day Tohono O’odham people. The goal of her work there was to lead citizen scientists in studies of the phenology or timing of saguaro owering to examine if this phenology is changing with warmer desert temperatures.In the eld, Sarah used a long “sele-stick” that reached above the taller than 30 foot saguaros to photograph their buds, owers, and fruits with a digital camera. The photos were downloaded to a computer and serve as a record of saguaro owering phenology and are also used for interpretive materials to teach park visitors about saguaros, their pollinators, and climate.Not only did Sarah prove herself to be a good scientist, but she also displayed her wonderful way with words through her LHIP Blog ( She writes, ”I was raised by gritty, outdoor-loving, survivalists who crossed oceans and moved mountains through their sheer will to always nd a way. They were working-poor punks, with no soundtrack, but all the radical rebellious heart to create rhythms all their own. My father was a Vietnamese refugee who migrated here in the early eighties as part of the ‘boat people.’ He was a passionate cook with a peaceful spirit and carrier of Traditional Chinese Medicine. My mother’s history is rooted in this region of the Sonoran desert for as long as she can remember. Her memory of ancestry is lost to generational poverty, trauma and inaccessibility to history…I inherited their fuerza and their medicine.”Sarah’s summer concluded with her participation in a post-internship backpacking trip in which she and fellow female interns explored the backcountry, gained new backcountry skills, and bonded over sore feet, camp food, and starry nights.20LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORTSarah Au - Saguaro National Park

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SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS: SARAH RIZVI, PARK INTERPRETER AND MARKETING ADVISOR; JOCELYN PEREZ AND VICTORIA PEDROSA, INTERPRETATION INTERNS California currently hosts the largest population of Latinos in the USA. As the NPS works towards broadening the demographics of its visitors, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks have closely partnered with LHIP to identify innovative methods to connect with neighboring Latino communities. What started with a River Safety Education LHIP program in 2016, expanded into a position focused on designing bilingual interpretation programs in 2017, and has now grown into three LHIP internships in dierent visitor centers: one Direct Hire Authority marketing research project at Sequoia’s Foothills visitor, and two interpretation-focused positions at King Canyon’s Cedar and Grant Grove. These three positions aim to not only contribute in connecting multilingual visitors with park resources, but also to support visitor services during the summer.LHIP interns Jocelyn Perez and Victoria Pedrosa worked with the interpretative division at Kings Canyon to provide bilingual educational programs focused on the park’s history and natural resources. Over the course of their 10-week internships, Jocelyn and Victoria were stationed at two dierent visitor centers to assist sta with the daily operations, stang the visitor center, and guiding visitor groups with interpretative tours focused on resources located in the most frequented areas of the park. It is through their passionate engagement of visitors that both interns made a palpable contributions to the team, thus meeting a critical demand for more inclusive programming and sta-to-visitor interactions. A few hours to the south of Kings Canyon, LHIP intern Sarah Rizvi focused on a dierent angle of visitor services. Through her internship, Sarah shadowed programs held in key areas to inform Sequoia’s 2018 visitor business and marketing research plan. These strategies are aimed at improving programs for multilingual audiences, while also nding methods to market program-relevant educational and recreational items such as portable shing nets and scientic eld guides. As part of her research, Sarah also visited both interns in Kings Canyon to learn from Kings Canyon visitor dynamics, key demographics, and overlaps with Sequoia visitorship. Gathering from dierent sources of information, Sarah prepared and presented a detailed business plan for park sta as well as the Sequoia Conservancy. Her LHIP research will be used by the park in increasing the availability of multilingual merchandise and creating i educational programs for diverse visitors. Sequoia and Kings Canyon’s long-term alignment with the LHIP program – enabled through the interns’ dedicated work - continues to contribute to the enhancement of visitor experiences across the park’s beautiful sites. ¡Muchas gracias for your contributions, Jocelyn, Sarah, and Victoria!21LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORTSarah Rizvi - Sequoia National Park

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““””“““”””STAFF & INTERN QUOTESCésar was great!! He worked very hard, showed up everyday, and always had his positive attitude and smile with him. He lead many walks on the Anhinga Trail helping visitors come to understand the signicance of the park and its resources. He staed the Ernest F. Coe Visitor Center providing orientation information and customer service to any and all visitors who sought it. Cesar was a huge asset to our team and the visiting public.TED FIRKINS Pine Island District Interpreter Everglades National Park I just wanted to say thank you for sending such a great intern our way here at Point Reyes National Seashore. Brandon has been everything we’ve wanted and more as an intern. He’s been exible, hard-working (I call him the hardest working LHIP in the country), passionate, self-starting, and productive.CARLO ARREGLOPoint Reyes National SeashoreAfter his internship with us, I am condent that my intern (Eduardo Chaidez) is ready for a career! JOHN MUIRSan Francisco MaritimeXimena has very good work performance and is very proactive, outgoing and has good writing skills. MIGUEL MARQUEZJuan Bautista de AnzaFor 2018 Latino Heritage Week, Manzanar Interns developed a vibrant program for Manzanar. Over the course of 3 special programs, we hosted over 50 individuals & families that came to Manzanar to better understand the Ralph Lazo story. Ralph was a Mexican-American teenager that came to Manzanar to support his friends and continue to show his support for his Japanese-American classmates from Belmont HS. In discussion about Ralph, visitors were asked to consider how they can “stand up” for others and what that means to them. The interns we have hosted are professional, passionate individuals dedicated to telling the stories of those incarcerated during WWII. BERNADETTE JOHNSONSuperintendentManzanar National Historic Site 22LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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CONCLUSIONWe are thrilled to reect on this summer’s many accomplishments. This year, LHIP’s visibility continued to increase across numerous educational institutions and organizations thanks to our national recruitment eorts, which focused on connecting specialized projects in NPS with skilled students in critical elds.LHIP also continues to give special attention to providing training opportunities, and once again the program oered a range of webinars to help participants prepare their tools for success: compiling a federal resume, organizing events for visitors, connecting with NPS sta and learning from visitor experiences. When interns complete the program, they leave with a new suite of resume and career-building skills, as well as with a strong sense of support that they can bring to permanent positions with the agency.At the end of our workshop, interns reected on their experiences and shared their recommendations to continue improving the program’s quality. Among the recommendations, we have the following comments:o Proactively connect interns in the same region and/or city; o Remain connected with former interns and foster an LHIP alumni network ;o Coordinate opportunities to extend projects earlier in the program;o Provide more positions where interns can learn dierent aspects of visitor services.Overall, interns were pleased with the program. Intern suggestions reect both the program’s capacity for growth, as well as our team’s mission to maintain the program’s relevancy to the needs of the next generation of stewards. We encourage you to follow LHIP footprints at your nearest NPS site. Until next summer!The EFTA and HAF teams24LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORTAiyesha Ghani - Lake Mead National Recreation Area

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APPENDIX: INTERN BIOSDaniela Alviz • Florida International University in Miami Everglades National Park, FloridaRaised in Miami, Daniela Alviz has always been intrigued by her surrounding environment and the wonder that is the Everglades. As a young elementary student, she would go with her school on eld trips to the Everglades National Park to bird watch and learn more about the habitats in this National Park. She believes that because of such emphasis on the environment during this time of her life, she ended up with a passion for the environment. She is currently an Environmental Studies major with a track in National Resources at Florida International University in Miami. She aims to help younger generations see the importance of our Earth and all of the resources that it has available to us and why we should protect it. During her time at the Everglades National Park she worked to educate the younger generations through researching the site’s cultural history. In her spare time you can nd her taking photographs or spending time outdoors. Sarah Au • University of Arizona Saguaro National Park, Arizona I was born in Tucson, Arizona, and raised among saguaros, where summers smelled of creosote. My father was a Vietnamese refugee who migrated here in the early eighties. My mother’s history is rooted in this region of the Sonoran desert for as long as she can remember. I received an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Public Health from the University of Arizona. Through the contrasting dual experience of growing up in poverty and all it came with, to being the rst-generation of my family to have access to an academic analysis of systematic power constructs that perpetuate poverty, a erce re was sparked and fueled in my panza toward facilitating equitable change. This led me to pursue healing justice work with marginalized communities, much like my own. Through my LHIP Internship as a Biological Technician, I had the incredible opportunity to join this brilliant team in doing some amazing work in Resource Management. Evelyn Arredondo Ramírez • George Washington University National Parks of Boston, Massachusetts Evelyn Arredondo Ramírez is a junior at the George Washington University majoring in American Studies with a concentration in Latino Issues and double-minoring in Spanish and Creativity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship. She is from Bakerseld, California and is the rst in her family to attend college. Evelyn is proud of her Mexican heritage and is a Cisneros Scholar at the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute. She is also a contractor for the Public Relations department at the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital and is a college advisor for the Better Make Room. Additionally, she serves as a Contributor Writer to the GW Odyssey and is the Director of Graphics and Design for GW College Democrats. Currently, she is a Trabajadoras Fellow at the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement and also a Young People For Fellow. She is passionate about giving back to her community. After graduation, she hopes to work in advocacy and policy making for immigration reform, as she is the daughter of two immigrants. She hopes to serve in the Peace Corps and aspires to gain her PhD and contribute to the academia as well as the policy world.25LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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Brandon Barragan • Saint Mary’s College of California Point Reyes National Park, CaliforniaMy mom is from El Salvador and my dad is from Colombia, but I was born and raised in the Bay Area. I have spent some time in both of their countries, but I didn’t really learn much Spanish there. Living in the Bay Area there is plenty of opportunity to learn Spanish. I just graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California with a degree in Environmental Studies. At St. Mary’s, it couldn’t have been more opposite. It was there that I realized what I wanted to do with my life. As someone in Environmental Studies, my options are a bit vague. Many people say with that degree they will go save the world. Which would be great, but how? I remember freshmen year someone condescendingly said to me “What can you do with that, be a park ranger?” I thought about it and replied, “Yeah.” After that I began making the necessary moves towards having that career and now I’m here. Marlene Bernal Manzanar National Historic SiteMarlene Bernal was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After graduating high school, she moved to San Francisco where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration with an emphasis in Nonprot and Community Recreation. She is a strong believer that the lack of recreational resources and access to open green space should not be dened by the zip code you live in; which is what fuels her desire to become involved with policy work that will help provide the necessary tools to improve these areas in the community she grew up in (Watts, California) and many others like it. She is currently continuing her education and is on her way to earning a Master of Public Administration where she hopes to gain the knowledge and skillset necessary to help spread awareness of the importance of outdoor recreation and how that leads to a better quality of life. through LHIP, Marlene worked at engaging visitors in Manzanar National Historic Site. Amy Carrillo • Fordham UniversityFire Island National Seashore, New YorkI am a junior at Fordham University. I am currently majoring in Environmental Studies and minoring in Biology. I grew up in Trumbull, Connecticut, and now live in Queens, New York. For as long as I’ve lived near the Long Island Sound, I had never heard of Fire Island until applying for this internship. As I continue researching the island, the more interesting it has become. For instance, who knew that Fire Island is home to one of only two maritime forests in the country! I have also become interested in the various types of animals and plants that have made a home there. It’s exciting to be given an opportunity to start an internship that will allow me to learn more about coastal ecosystems. I’m also excited to be part of a program that is doing more for the Hispanic community. That is a major reason why I applied to the Latino Heritage Internship Program. Eduardo J. Chaidez • Art Institute of Chicago San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, CaliforniaI’m from Oakland, California. I just spent the last two years living in Chicago getting my M.A. in Visual and Critical Studies from the Art Institute of Chicago. I’ll be back in the Bay Area this summer for my third internship with LHIP at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. This summer he worked as a strictly hands-on intern in the park’s Small Boat Shop as a Preservation Intern. He was awarded the position that is a Direct Hiring Authority (DHA) and contributed to preserving and restoring some small boats in the park’s collection.26LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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Christopher Cruz • State University of New York North Cascades National Park, WashingtonI am a recent graduate with a Bachelor’s in Environmental Biology. I went to SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, which is an all environmental school located in Syracuse, New York. It was the greatest experience of my life, and got me to become more focused on what I want to do in this eld. This program has given me the opportunity to experience rsthand what it’s like to work for the National Park Service, which was something I wouldn’t have ever thought of doing. Christopher worked in the North Cascades National Park as a buttery specialist technician. Stephanie Cruz • California State UniversityEl Malpais National Monument, New MexicoStephanie Cruz is a rst generation Mexican American junior in California State University, Los Angeles. She is majoring in Anthropology and a minoring in Marketing, while also acquiring statistical skills. She aspires to have a career doing research for the marketing department of businesses using ethnographic methods to collect data on dierent cultural groups and analyzing the data using statistical and ethnographic analysis. As an undergraduate student, she has had the opportunity to participate in research projects from studying and looking at dierent views from within the Wiccan community to looking at dierent food systems in Los Angeles county cities. She hopes to do a research senior project on how and why Latino youth (18-24) use social media to assimilate into American culture but also maintain their own ethnic identity. She hopes that by going into business with her Anthropology degree and experience, she can make a change on how businesses market to dierent ethnic groups to provide what they need and want while still be culturally sensitive. She was stationed in El Malpais National Monument this summer working to preserve the history of land use while learning more about the people from the community.Ximena Cuervo • University of California, Berkeley Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, CaliforniaI’m an interpretive and outreach education intern for the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail. I was born in Bogota, Colombia, and was raised in Miami, Florida. Although I only lived in Colombia for ve years before immigrating to the United States, my culture and relationship to my heritage has been kept alive by Miami’s large Colombian population and diverse Latino community (plus the random summer visits to the homeland!). South Florida’s close proximity to the Caribbean and South America has allowed bridges of cultural resistance for many people! I moved to the Bay Area after high school, and just recently graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Sustainable Environmental Design and a concentration in Forestry & Natural Resources. I’m excited to participate and share our history through the National Park Service with the Anza Trail! Elizabeth Garcia • University of Arizona Homestead National Monument of America, NebraskaMy whole life I have lived in the city of Tucson, Arizona. My mother emigrated from the state of Michoacan in the mid-1990s and met my father, a third generation Tejano (with ties to Sonora and Aguascalientes). Since then, they have built a life in the Southwest that includes myself and my two younger sisters. I currently attend the University of Arizona, where I will begin my senior year when classes resume in the fall. I am a double major studying history and psychology, as well as a double minor in Spanish and anthropology. She spent her summer in Homestead, Nebraska working at Homestead National Monument of America.27LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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Kevin Garcia • Appalachian State University Grand Canyon National Park, ArizonaI am from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, but go to school at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. My major is recreation management, with a minor in leadership studies and a concentration in outdoor experiential education. I have been working in challenge courses for the past ve years and love the outdoors. I grew up in a lot of places since the company that my dad worked for was contracted by military bases, so I’ve lived in Texas, Hawaii, Colorado, and nally North Carolina, where he decided to stay. Now I’m working at one of the coolest places in the U.S. and couldn’t be happier.Alejandra Garza • University of Texas at AustinSan Antonio Missions National Historical Park, TexasAlejandra Garza is currently a graduate student at the University of Texas at Austin pursuing a PhD in History, with a portfolio in Mexican American Latin@ Studies. She received her B.A. in History from Texas A&M University-Kingsville, with a minor in journalism. Alejandra’s upbringing in South Texas inspired her research of vaqueros and historical memory, which will be the focus of her doctoral dissertation. Through her research, she hopes to show how everyday people live incredible lives which contribute to the larger history of a region. She believes that the extraordinary lies within the seemingly ordinary. Alejandra is excited to contribute to the cultural understanding of the San Antonio Missions and continue to educate the public about the history. She feels that LHIP further helped her facilitate her goals of being a public historian. Furthermore, Alejandra worked in an environment she’s dreamed of since visiting the Missions during her fourth grade eld trip.Aiyesha Ghani • New York University Lake Mead National Recreation Area, NevadaMultidisciplinary artist/musician/dancer, Aiyesha Ghani, has been blazing her own path for her entire life. As a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study ’06, she has been on both the artistry & production side of live events for many years. She started out doing set design and stage makeup for high school productions and then later moved on to help her peers bring their visions to fruition through videography & video production. Now with over 10 years of hands on experience, Aiyesha draws from all aspects of live production, a broad variety of roles, and a wide range of settings. She is currently working as an Outreach and Public Aairs LHIP intern in Lake Mead National Recreation Area.Marissa Hill • University of MarylandChesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park, MarylandMarissa is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland. She majored in Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Land Use and GIS. First generation college student and daughter of an immigrant, she spent her time in college managing an aordable housing cooperative. Since then, she has been a eld intern with the Anacostia Watershed Society working in wetland restoration. These experiences have created an interest in the intersection of social justice and GIS data analysis. She hopes to go on to do anti eviction mapping for a housing nonprot.28LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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Evelyn Hurtado-Doppenberg • University of California, RiversideSanta Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, CaliforniaEvelyn Hurtado is a recent graduate with a B.S. in Sustainability Studies and a B.A. in Political Science. During her work at the UCR Community Garden, “R’Garden”, she taught a university course called the Urban Garden Seminar focused on traditional and organic methods of farming. She has also interned at the National Conservation Lands System division at the Bureau of Land Management, CA. Evelyn work in the garden reects her belief in empowering communities to sustain themselves. One day, she would like to oer my skills and knowledge to communities, write policies that protect and properly compensate farm workers, and see small intensive farms all over the world. Kevin Jauregui • University of California, Santa Cruz Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, ColoradoI was born in the sunny, beach town of Santa Monica, California, and was raised predominately in West Los Angeles. Living in a large town my whole life, I am really excited to transition to a small town. At rst, I was terried to nd out the population of Florissant is about 100 people; I’m pretty sure there are more than 100 residents on my block alone back in West LA. Then I found housing in a slightly larger town a hop, skip away in Woodland Park, where the population is larger, but still it is not like my hometown of LA. Through LHIP, Kevin implemented a Geology/Paleontology Summer Camp geared for children going into 4th - 6th grade.Iván Langesfeld • Pomona College Big Bend National Park - Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, TexasI was born and raised in the city of Miami, Florida, and was lucky to have a family that encouraged my tree climbing endeavors and went camping in the Everglades for my birthdays. Until now, I’ve been really excited about the scientic branch of biology and conservation. However, after an applied semester in Chilean Patagonia where I got to work closely with communities in ways that would benet both conservation aims and the communities surrounding these areas in need of stewardship, I noticed I really enjoy human narratives. The new direction I’d like to orient myself toward is as a story-teller: untangling and reweaving narratives of human-nature and human-human conict, so that issues can be addressed and rewoven into a new, healed whole.Miriam Lagunas • University of California, BerkeleyCasa Grande Ruins National Monument, ArizonaMiriam Lagunas is a rst generation, UC Berkeley undergraduate pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Society and Environment with a Minor in Anthropology. She was raised in Oxnard, California, an agricultural town in Ventura County. While at Berkeley, she worked at the California Archaeology Laboratory where she translated and transcribed indigenous notes from Spanish to English, participated in archaeology excavations in collaboration with the Amah Mutsun Tribe, and analyzed the collected archaeological material in a laboratory setting. Her research interests include the restoration and revitalization of indigenous ecological knowledge and practices to promote a more sustainable and biodiverse world. She is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion within the environmental eld. On her free time, she enjoys playing the guitar and singing for Berkeley’s Mariachi, weight lifting, hiking, and playing soccer on the weekends. 29LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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Marvin López • University of HoustonBig Bend National Park - Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, TexasI am a rst generation Salvadoran-American, and the second born and only son of two Salvadoran immigrants that came to America in 1989 to leave their war-torn home and start a family in Merced, California, near Yosemite National Park. This echoes the many stories of immigrants coming to America for a better life for their children. They would soon move to Texas, where we still reside today. Many years later, while attending the University of Houston earlier this year, I had the pleasure to go on a eld trip to Big Bend National Park. Even though I did not spend a lot of time in the park, the natural splendor had gripped me to my core. During my time here, I followed in the footsteps of George Melendez Wright [another Salvadoran-American who did early surveys in Big Bend and other national parks], however in the eld of paleontology and geology.Juliana Luna • University of California, DavisWashington Oce Communications, District of ColumbiaJuliana Luna is a graphic designer, traveler, and environmental justice advocate. In the past few years Juliana has taken on various design projects in her free time including the redesign of her university’s student ID card, rebrand of campus organizations, as well as creation and management of graphics for an animal behavioral research institution. Having completed her nal semester of university as an exchange student in Sweden, she is looking forward to graduating from the University of California, Davis with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Communication and a minor in Global Studies. Growing up, her frequent trips to the National Parks in California sparked her interest in the NPS and she hopes her work there will encourage others to get involved and outdoors.Rodrigo Martinez • California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Washington Oce - Historic American Buildings Survey, District of ColumbiaRodrigo Martinez was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley. He is currently working on earning his Master in Architecture degree with a concentration in Historic Preservation from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Prior to pursuing a second career in Architecture, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering and enjoyed a formative eight-year career as a Structural Analysis Engineer in the aerospace industry. Now two years into his architecture studies, Rodrigo has developed a passion for historic preservation and cultural resource management. He is grateful for the opportunity to assist the D.C. HABS team’s surveying eorts of the Arlington National Cemetery Memorial Amphitheater. He hopes to be able to leverage the internship experience in support of his master’s thesis project, the focus of which will be the preservation of the largest World War II-era Japanese American concentration camp, the Tule Lake Segregation Center in Newell, California.Gabriela Meza • UCLA Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, CaliforniaGabriela Meza is a 3rd year Political Science major and Chicanx Studies minor at UCLA. She is Co-President of IGNITE at UCLA and one of the four Co-Founders of the chapter. Gabriela’s role is to facilitate the empowerment and training of young womxn to occupy the spaces that they need to be fully and justly represented in a government in which womxn account for only 20% of elected seats. Gabriela is also an activist that focuses on social justice issues such as income inequality, gentrication, education, and immigration. She hopes to run for oce at the local government level and eventually transition to congressional seats in order to represent her community. 30LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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Arianna Montaño • University of California, San Diego Salem Maritime and Saugus Ironworks National Historic Sites, MassachusettsArianna was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California. Growing up 20 minutes away from the Mexican border meant the Mexican culture very much present throughout her life. She started attending preschool at the age of three in Tijuana, Baja California before transferring to an elementary school in San Diego where English became her second language. She recently graduated from the University of California, San Diego where she earned a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Language Studies with a specialization in Spanish. The importance of education was something that inuenced her upbringing and ultimately her career goal. From a very young age her dad would take her and her family to visit National Parks around the country. Arianna has visited Yosemite, Bryce Canyon, the Everglades, and her favorite - Yellowstone. She combined her passion and skills to help Salem Maritime National Historic Site develop a bilingual preschool program for the NPS. Emelyn Najera • University of PennsylvaniaWashington Oce - Historic American Buildings Survey, District of ColumbiaA California native, Emelyn Najera is a rst-generation Mexican American and graduate student. Growing up in Southern California, she had the opportunity of visiting several of the region’s most iconic architecture, from the state’s historic missions to LA’s deconstructivist monuments; recognizing the importance that the built landscape has in the formation of a region’s, and its people’s, identity. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California where she earned a Bachelor of Architecture in May 2017. Her interest in architecture and the built heritage inspired her to pursue graduate degrees in Historic Preservation and City Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, where she currently attends. In the future, she hopes to do her part in the designation and preservation Latin American built heritage. In her free time she enjoys sketching, reading, and spending time with her family and pets.Sebastian Palacio • State University of New YorkYosemite National Park, CaliforniaI am very motivated to pursue scientic research work to help solve the mysteries that the environment holds. I would also like to interpret this information to the general public, to help them understand why this is important and how it impacts them. Additionally, I would like to gain experience collecting and analyzing data with professionals and educating the public. I have a high interest in going to graduate school within the next couple of years, but would like to work with dierent organizations rst to see where I would t best in helping the environment in the future. I would like to become a wildlife biologist and then manage a wildlife area. This summer I worked in Yosemite Valley, with the bear crew. Valeria Parada • California State University, NorthridgeGeorge Washington Memorial Parkway, VirginiaMy name is Valeria Parada, and this will be my second time interning in Washington, DC. It seems as if, for the past few years, all roads lead me back to the east coast, and to the nation’s capital, specically. Last year at this time, I was interning at the Smithsonian under a conservation internship. This year, I worked at the George Washington Memorial Parkway as a museum assistant. There, I focused on various sites along the parkway but, mainly, in Fort Hunt and Arlington House. At that site, I helped with collections and research, making sure that the public has the best access and the best interpretation of the narratives at both sites. Just like the narrative of this country, the one for Arlington House brings together dierent people from dierent walks of life. Their stories are contrasting and distinct, but intertwined to create one larger story.31LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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Edgar Pedroza • California State University, Los AngelesManassas National Battleeld Park, VirginiaI was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. My childhood was spent being shuttled between Jalisco, Mexico, and California. Now, I’m grateful that I was able to see for myself what was left behind and the sacrices that my family made in coming to the United States. At the time, all that mattered was that I wasn’t in school and I could run free through the milpas y los mesquites. I was in awe of the lands where my parents were raised. I played in the same rivers, elds and sky that they had as children. Back in the United States, the only connection to nature I had was when we would travel far from our home, to a recreation area or park that allowed temporary access to nature. I never considered that it was possible to have a deeper connection to plants, wildlife and land than the casual relationship promoted under the vague term “recreation”. I come from a family of farmers on both my father’s and mother’s side and, despite living in South Central, my parents never hesitated to instill a deep respect and appreciation for nature.Victoria Pedrosa • University of California, RiversideKings Canyon National Park, CaliforniaVictoria Pedrosa is a 2nd year student at the University of California, Riverside studying Sociology and Environmental Science. She strives towards creating a sustainable and healthier planet by volunteering and being active with the Sierra Club and advocating for environmental and human rights issues on and o her school campus. Growing up, Victoria had always found peace and wholeness when surrounded by wildlife and nature and by receiving this opportunity to work with the National Parks Service, she shared her love and passion for the natural world with visitors. She loves her dog Kona, adventure, reading, traveling, music, hiking, and yoga (in no particular order).Jocelyn Pérez • California State University, San Bernardino Kings Canyon National Park, CaliforniaJocelyn Perez is a Mexican-American rst-generation college student born in Southern California and raised by her immigrant mother. She attends California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) and this June, Jocelyn will be graduating with honors in Environmental Studies and a minor Biology. During her university career she has dedicated most of her time educating and promoting environmental awareness within her community. She has been involved in SAGES, the university’s environmental club, for the past 3 years, as an ocer of internal aairs and now as club president. Along with SAGES members she has helped organized eld trips, cleanup hikes, sustainability workshops, and guest speaker events. As a member of the outreach committee for the Resilient CSUSB project she worked alongside the Oce of Sustainability to survey over 500 students through tabling events, classroom presentations, and social media outreach. Alejandra Quintana • Iowa State University Joshua Tree National Park, CaliforniaAlejandra Quintana was born in Illinois and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. She is a rst-generation college student working towards her undergraduate degree at Iowa State University where she majors in Community and Regional Planning with a minor in Geographic Information Systems. She has worked on projects throughout her undergrad, that involved land/ historic building conservation, and community involvement. Her aspiration is to work with Latinx communities to help create and preserve the Latinx culture. She is involved in many Latinx related organizations and events on campus. She is extremely proud of her culture. On her free time she enjoys traveling and has developed a love for National Parks. She used her GIS skills to help with conservation and awareness in Joshua Tree National Park! 32LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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Alejandro Ramos • Modesto Junior College Rocky Mountain National Park, ColoradoMy name is Alejandro Ramos, and I will be an intern this summer at the legendary Rocky Mountain National Park! The San Francisco Bay area is my birthplace, and Manteca is my hometown. Located in California’s Central Valley, Manteca is a place rich in opportunities to enjoy nature. Being the oldest of four, I was lucky enough to have amazing parents who nurtured and inspired my love for nature. Both of my parents are from Mexico; my dad is originally from Juchitlan, Jalisco, and my mom from San Juan, Zacatecas. Growing up, my parents would frequently take us on camping and shing trips. Now I frequently go on camping trips all around California, and have developed a deep appreciation for wildlife. I am currently attending Modesto Junior College, with a predicted transfer date to UC Davis in May of 2020 for B.S. in Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation.Reena Ramos • Goshen CollegeShenandoah National Park, VirginiaFor my LHIP internship, I drove from my small town in Indiana to Shenandoah National Park. The park is part of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia, and spans over 197,000 acres. Along with Mammoth Cave and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks, Shenandoah was established as one of the rst parks in the eastern U.S. Shenandoah is famous for its 105-mile long Skyline Drive, which snakes its way through the entire park and allows for beautiful views of the mountains and valleys. I just graduated from college with a degree in Environmental Science, and I’m happy to put my skills to use here, developing programs and helping at the visitor center. While I’m here, I worked to make this park and its information more available to the Latino community!Sarah Rizvi • Seton Hall UniversitySequoia National Park, CaliforniaSarah Rizvi recently graduated from Seton Hall University in New Jersey having triple majored in International Relations, Modern Languages (Spanish & French concentration), and Philosophy. She hopes to use these degrees in bettering conditions for the Latino community, with her grandparents who moved here from Mexico as her biggest fans and inspiration. Languages have always been a passion of hers and she is glad to have worked to help bilingual families that visit Sequoia National Park, much like her own. Sarah was born and raised in California and looks forward to trying out dierent hiking trails, writing poetry, and meditating on her days o. Jonatan Sanabria • Metropolitan State University New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, LouisianaI was born in Brewster, Washington, to a family that came from Michoacán, Mexico. At the young age of two, my family moved me and my brother to Colorado were we’ve spent our entire lives. My family currently consists of me, my brother, and my mother, as well as a cat I adopted. They are some of the most supportive people for me. They might not say it in words, but their actions speak way louder. So I gained that same kind of hard work attitude from them. I’m in college for my major in music. Music is my everything; it has changed me so much and for the better. I now dedicate myself to music and want to go on to create my own music for movies, games and TV shows. Of course, the music genres I listen to include everything, so I don’t really dislike any music. Being able to play on the piano is the best thing in the world, because no words are needed to express what it is I’m trying to portray when I play my music.33LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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Roxana Saravia • Stony Brook UniversityFire Island National Seashore, New YorkI am from New York and grew up on Long Island. I am an incoming Master’s student in Marine Conservation and Policy at Stony Brook University. I enjoy reading, hiking, and going to the beach. This is my second season as an intern with the Latino Heritage Internship Program! I returned to Fire Island National Seashore (FIIS) for some more fun (and hard work) in the sun. The marina underwent a renovation last season to repair damage from Superstorm Sandy. During this summer, I learned more about the employees and volunteers from around the park and how they experience FIIS. We all had dierent roles and duties at the park, so we got to see a dierent perspective on how the park runs. Dane Manuel Custodio Silva • University of Miami Biscayne National Park, FloridaAfter actively serving in the United States Marine Corps, Dane received a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Religion at the University of Miami where he is currently pursuing a Master of Professional Science degree in Underwater Archaeology. Dane is a third generation Portuguese/American born and raised in Miami, Florida. He spent the majority of his youth in the ocean and everglades, which lead to volunteering and working with state and county parks such as Deering Estate. From a young age, Dane also participated in outreach programs for the Latin community, traveling to Nicaragua to facilitate Campo Alegria for underprivileged youth. In 2016, Dane traveled to Puerto Rico and took part in an archaeological eld school working alongside local archaeologists to learn more about the Taino Indians. Though he is passionate about the past, Dane is interested in creatively utilizing current and future technology to generate greater awareness and involvement in cultural resource management within the thriving Latino community and South Florida as a whole.Carlos Silva-Trejo • Iowa State UniversityNortheast Region Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation, MassachusettsI was born in Des Moines, Iowa, and have lived here my entire life. My parents are both from Mexico; my mom is from Zimapan, Hidalgo, and my dad is from Durango, Durango. They rst came here as immigrants in the late 1980’s. Through their experiences I was able to understand early in my childhood the dierences between me and my classmates in school and our upbringings. As a minority, I had to work harder and longer for things others seemed to get almost eortlessly. Thanks to that, I was able to value what others seem to ignore and neglect. My family and friends mean everything to me, and without them I would not be the person I am today. At Olmstead, I worked as a Cultural Landscape Research Assistant helping prepare the Cultural Landscape Report for Liberty Island, a World Heritage Site.Josué Teniente • University of TexasLyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park, TexasGrowing up in Laredo, Texas, on the border, we had a local high school named after Lyndon B. Johnson (LBJ), yet few people in my hometown knew anything about the 36th President. We knew he had a vague association with Civil Rights and Vietnam but, beyond that, most of our knowledge was limited to the history books we had in our classrooms. It wasn’t until my college years that I began to learn about the profound impacts LBJ had on the country and the world. I am the son of a rst generation Mexican-American (Dad) and a Mexican immigrant (Mom). This intersection of race, ethnicity, and citizenship always interested me, especially growing up in a border town, and led me to pursue history and sociology at the University of Texas. In my pursuit of a degree, I took a course on LBJ and the impact he had on the country. We studied many subjects and controversies, and we ultimately took a trip out to the LBJ Ranch and his boyhood home to gain rsthand knowledge of the man and his surroundings.34LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT

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Francisco Uribe • Sacramento State UniversityJuan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, CaliforniaI have just nished my internship at the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail, with many new adventures. During my rst week, we traveled all across the Bay Area visiting sites that had connections with the expedition that Juan Bautista de Anza led in 1776. We explored rst around the Presidio park located just south of the Golden Gate Bridge, which is called the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Denitely a very breathtaking view with many historical aspects involved. The next day we visited an old mission built by descendants from the Anza Expedition, called Hacienda Peralta. It was located in Oakland, around a very diverse neighborhood. In my educational eld that I am studying, my emphasis is in Park Management. This position is exactly what will start my career with the National Park Service.Sammy Vital • Snead State Community CollegeLittle River Canyon National Preserve, AlabamaI was born in Alabama to a wonderful mother from Oaxaca and a great father from Zacatecas, and I’ve lived here all my life, which some people may nd kind of boring but I love it. I have so many great friends, and I know every road like the back of my hand. I graduated from high school as part of the class of 2017, and I have completed my rst year of college. My major is electrical engineering and I hope to help create awesome inventions for the military and also for civilian life while at the same time trying to protect all life. While in Little River Canyon National Preserve, as Safety and Resource Interpreter, I learned very important skills for my professional growth.Tangy Wiseman • Wichita State UniversityIntermountain Regional Oce - Communications, ColoradoI was raised in northern Iowa in a town called Algona, in an old farm house near the forest where my brother and I often played. Here, I came to love being active and exploring nature. As a single parent, my dad signed me up for any sport, camp, or activity he could nd, and I ourished in most all of them. He also helped facilitate my interest in the outdoors when he took my brother and me on trips out west to Yellowstone National Park. Reecting on the variety of activities and experiences I had in my childhood, it’s no wonder that I have taken a very curvy path to arrive at my current state of interests and ambitions. The following summer I applied for an LHIP internship but did not make the cut, so I applied for an LHIP position again this year because I want to continue to connect the urban population with national parks. With the challenges that many cities face, worked to encourage individuals to make small decisions in their daily lives that demonstrate respect and understanding towards our public lands and the environment we live in.Cesar Zamora • University of FloridaEverglades National Park, FloridaBorn and raised in Venezuela, Cesar spent most of his leisure time exploring local forests and jungles such as the Amazon. Among other projects he worked on, Cesar helped dierent biologist from the Audubon Society in Venezuela with the banding of birds and the setting of camera traps, both done in Henri Pittier National Park.These experiences have made Cesar pursue a major in Natural Resources Conservation major at the University of Florida, in which he is a student in his junior year. He expects to specialize in the study of forest and jungles and hopes to nd ways to prevent loss of biodiversity and how to make agriculture more environmentally sustainable.35LATINO HERITAGE INTERNSHIP PROGRAM2018 PROGRAM REPORT