Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Caiya Sanchez-Strauss

Student Assistant


Caiya Sanchez-Strauss '21.5 is a second semester senior from northeast Ohio double concentrating in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Africana Studies. They initially became interested in Spanish, Latin America, and social movements of the Global South via their own family history and decided to concentrate in LACA because of a sustained interest in anti imperialist, abolitionist social movements in the region. They engage with these topics via an interdisciplinary approach combining Black feminist + queer theory, historical materialism, and abolitionist speculative fiction. During their time at Brown, Caiya has been involved with teaching English to adults in Providence (English for Speakers of Other Languages), local organizing on and off campus (Brown Immigrant Rights Coalition), and other migrant justice and anti-police efforts. They also cite their semester abroad in Cuba in the spring of 2020 as one of their most formative experiences at Brown and couldn't recommend the program enough!