Clara Sotelo

Clara Sotelo, was born in Bogotá, Colombia, where she got a B. S. in Foreign Languages and Literatures at the Universidad Pedagógica de Colombia (1980). She came to Gainesville in 1987 and got a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies (1989) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Romance Languages and Literatures (1996), at U. F. From 1996 to 2002, she worked at Bethune-Cookman College as the coordinator of the Modern Languages Program. In 2003, she became an instructor of Spanish at the “Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies” at the University of Florida. She is currently the Coordinator of the Second Year Spanish Program within the Lower Division and has directed Study Abroad Programs to Mexico, Spain, and the D. R. Dr. Sotelo has worked for several non-for-profit organizations in Colombia and the U. S. (Caribbean American Children Foundation, Caminos Reales) helping to study and alleviate current social problems among youth and doing research on social change. Most recently, her work with The Latina Women’s League has given her the opportunity to work with students of High Schools in the area who bring to younger kids theatrical presentations of folk tales of universal origin but with Spanish flavor.