Congrats to our LALACS 2023 Graduates! Posted on May 18th, 2023 by

LALACS majors and minors are known for their leadership,  interdisciplinarity and creative thinking. This graduating class is no different!



Brian Contreras’23

Major in Psychological Science; Minor in LALACS; Diversity Leadership Council Representative; OLAS.

Plans after graduation: I plan to attend graduate school in Neuropsychology.



Margaret Lucas’23

Majors in Spanish and Classical Languages; Minors in LALACS and Art History; Gustavus Technology Services.

Plans after graduation: Starting in June I will be working at Insightformation, working in IT support, marketing, and consulting.



Kelsey Schoeberl’23

Majors in Political Science and Spanish; Minor in LALACS; Gustavus Wind Symphony.

Plans after graduation: I graduated in December and am currently working as an Assistant Program Manager at a non-profit called “LivingWell Disability Services.” Next year, I plan to teach English abroad.


Kira Bergman’23

Major in Sociology and Anthropology; minors in Spanish and LALACS; Gustavus Swimming and Diving.

Plans after graduation: I have been selected to serve in the Peace Corps in Albania. 







Sophia Artley

Majors in Political Science, Spanish and LALACS; Minor in Music. Gustavus Swimming and Diving.

Plans after graduation: This summer I will be interning in Senator Amy Klobuchar’s Washington D.C. office. I will then be coming back to Gustavus for a 9th semester, and during that time I will be applying for Law School.




Emily Gerencer

Majors in Geography, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies and LALACS; Big Hill Farm Organization.

Plans after graduation: Staring this June, I will be in Nepal as a Peace Corps Food Security Volunteer in their agricultural sector.



Madelyn Hessian

Majors in Biology and LALACS; Minor in Spanish; Peer Assistant; Nobel Conference Student Host.

Plans after graduation: I graduated Gustavus in December, and am currently taking a gap year (and a half) working through AmeriCorps in a local public health department. I hope to attend medical school in the fall of 2024. 


Ellen Hofstede

Majors in Environmental Studies, Geography and LALACS; Minor in Spanish; Gustavus Swimming and Diving.

Plans after graduation: I have a job lined up as an energy analyst at Frontier Energy in Chanhassen, MN. I will be tasked with assisting clients, residential and commercial, with performing more energy efficient routines. I do hope to work with Latinx communities in either this line of work or as a volunteer in the future.



Sage Kiefer

Majors in Art Studio, Spanish and LALACS; Art Design for Building Bridges.

Plans after graduation: I will study with my mentor in Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Mexico, expanding on my LALACS capstone and build up my portfolio to apply for art grad school, which will hopefully be in Spain. I will also write grants to open up spaces that make art accessible for marginalized groups such as indigenous communities, LGBTQ+, women, etc. This summer, I will network and complete commissions in my art, as well as working at a gluten-free bakery.


Lisette Salgado

Majors in Psychological Science and LALACS; OLAS; Nobel Conference Student Host.

Plans after graduation: I am currently applying for positions in mental healthcare where I can use my bilingual skills.





Ashley Sosa

Majors in Communication Studies and LALACS; Minor in Spanish; Language Buddies Coordinator; Nobel Conference Student Host.

Plans after graduation: I’ll be attending the I-O Psychology Masters program at Minnesota State University Mankato.




Brynn Tarbell

Majors in Sociology and Anthropology, Spanish and LALACS. Lucia Singer.

Plans after graduation: I will be working as an International Sales Specialist at PMT Corporation in Chanhassen, MN. 



Michaela Woodward

Majors in Spanish, LALACS and Individualized Major. Sigma Delta Pi President. Nobel Conference Student Host. Writer for the Gustavian Weekly.

Plans after graduation: I will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee to study in the Coordinated MA in Translation and MLIS in Library Science program.



Congrats 2023 Graduates!


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