- Class Year 2013
- Degree B.A. Speech-Language Pathology, B.A. Spanish
Maria Mitidieri graduated from Loyola in 2013 with a double major in Speech-Language Pathology and Spanish. During her undergraduate career, she studied abroad in Buenos Aires, was a member of the Ultimate Frisbee team, and participated in Project Mexico through the Center for Community Service and Justice; she also was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society and the Sigma Delta Pi honor society as well as the Honors Program. After graduation, Maria moved to Austin to pursue her Master of Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Texas at Austin, where she was able to study speech-language acquisition and disorders through the lens of bilingualism. Today Maria works at Bilinguistics, an Austin-based speech therapy company focused on services for bilingual populations and the development of bilingual speech-language resources and education; she also volunteers at Casa Marianella, a non-profit shelter that hosts and supports refugees and asylum seekers, where she teaches English as a Second Language classes. “I remember how difficult learning and acclimating to a new language and culture was while I studied abroad for a semester in Buenos Aires, as well as the traumatic stories of migrants who were displaced from their families while I worked with CCSJ’s Project Mexico program,” she says. “These perspectives inspire my interactions with my students both at work and when I volunteer,” she says. “I feel incredibly blessed to have been able to attend a university where I could pursue my academic interests and have them translate to specialized skills and jobs that allow me to serve my community in a variety of ways.
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