Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Departmental Undergraduate Group

The Latin American and Caribbean Studies Departmental Undergraduate Group (DUG) is a student-run group focused on Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Brown. All students are welcome to attend and participate in the DUG regardless of concentration.

This year’s DUG leaders are Adriana Rodriguez '21 and Andrea Vega Troncoso '20. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact either of the DUG leaders at adriana_rodriguez@brown.edu and andrea_vega@brown.edu.

Picture of Adriana Rodriguez

Adriana Rodriguez '21 is a junior concentrating in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Political Science from Teaneck, New Jersey. Her decision to concentrate in LACA arose from her interest in studying her own Puerto Rican and Dominican heritage - specifically the history of U.S. intervention and imperialism on the two islands, as well as in Latin America and the Caribbean more broadly. This year, Adriana is looking to begin her thesis, in which she will study the relationship between political activism and the practice of cultural traditions between diaspora Puerto Ricans in the United States and those on the island. She would like to understand the questions of how diaspora and islander Puerto Ricans take ownership of their “Puerto-ricanness,”  if diaspora Puerto Ricans have a responsibility to participate in political action related to the island if they partake in cultural traditions and if diaspora organizing effective/desired/needed? Adriana is active at Brown with the Center for Students of Color, as co-President of Dominican Students @ Brown. She also participated in the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad program in Havana, Cuba during the fall semester of 2019 and loves (can’t stop) talking about her experiences there!

Picture of Andrea Vega Troncoso

Andrea Vega Troncoso '20 is a senior concentrating in Latin American & Caribbean Studies and Environmental Studies. She grew up in Santo Domingo, República Dominicana and has been involved in political and environmental work back home. At Brown, she serves as senior advisor for Dominican Students at Brown, where she helps organize cultural events, performance series, and workshops. She is currently working on her honors thesis, "¿Paraíso pa quién? The political ecology of tourism and environmental injustice in coastal communities of the Eastern Dominican Republic," for which she conducted ethnographic fieldwork as a Voss Fellow at the Institute at Brown for Environment and Society (IBES). She is interested in the questions: what is at stake in producing paradise, and for whom is paradise constructed? She is also part of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Michigan, a fellowship for students of color that focuses on diversity and justice within the environmental field. In her free time, Andrea enjoys cooking vegan versions of Dominican food and having really long WhatsApp calls with her family.