University of Wisconsin–Madison

Becoming a Mental Health Professional: Pasito a Pasito

IIP Alum Gabriella Gaus writes about her professional experience including her summer internship in Buenos Aires, Argentina with ALUBA, which is accepting applications for summer 2018 (deadline 02/18).

by Gabriella Gaus

Although I was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin, my German-American father and my Ecuadorian mother moved to Ecuador before I turned a year old. I proceeded to live the next 14 years of my life in Quito, where my mother is from, until 2010, when my parents, siblings and I moved to Madison. Despite our financial stability, the move was hard on my family, and I struggled to connect with people at my high school. By my Freshman year at UW, I had learned from my homesickness in high school: I needed to find a Latinx community on campus. An upperclassman in one of my classes recommended I meet with Rachelle and go to a Chican@ Latin@ Studies Gathering. Since then the CLS program has been central to my academic and personal development. I’m currently a Junior double majoring in Psychology and Latin American, Caribbean, and Iberian Studies with a CLS Certificate. As of this year I have been working part-time for UNIDOS, a non-profit that advocates for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Latinx communities and I was also able to complete an internship at ALUBA, a hospital in Argentina that treats patients with eating disorders. Read the full article

Check out the Chican@ & Latin@ Studies Program December 2017 Newsletter