Sydney Jara Barrio

Sydney Jara Barrio

Website Developer

Sydney Jara Barrio is a graduating senior at St. Mary’s University pursing a BA in Computer Science and Application Systems while minoring in Art and Visual Communication Design. She strives to make life easier for others through technological innovation and she works on accomplishing this goal by refining the skills learned in the classroom, in internships, and through projects like this website.

If there is anything wrong with this site, do not hesitate to reach out to any of the Project Directors or Sydney through LinkedIn.

Amanda Hill

Amanda Hill

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Amanda Hill is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at St. Mary’s University specializing in storytelling and media production. She has presented internationally and has published in a diverse range of journals including Media Education Research Journal; Storytelling, Self, Society; Visual Ethnography; and Community Literacy Journal. She holds a Ph.D. in Texts and Technology from the University of Central Florida.

Authored Westside Stories: A Virtual Platform to Showcase the Research of the Westside San Antonio Humanities Project with help from St. Mary’s University students.

Victoria Villaseñor

Victoria Villaseñor

Public History Graduate Student

Co-authored Water and Structural Inequities in the Westside with Lindsey Wieck.

Lindsey Wieck

Lindsey Wieck,

Ph. D.

Assistant Professor of History and Director of Graduate Public History

Lindsey Wieck joined St. Mary’s University in 2017 as the director of the Master of Arts in Public History program. She received her Ph.D. in American History from the University of Notre Dame in May 2016 and was a postdoctoral fellow there for 2016-2017. While doing her research, Wieck grew excited by the possibilities to integrate GIS, text analysis, and data visualizations into her work on Latino community formation and gentrification in the Mission District of San Francisco. She also specializes in the history of the American West, race and ethnicity, and American cities. She enjoys incorporating digital technologies in her teaching and also emphasizes digital writing and communication in her courses.

Co-authored Water and Structural Inequities in the Westside with Victoria Villaseñor.

Joseph Gershtenson

Joseph Gershtenson

Co-authored The Influential Leaders of San Antonio’s Westside with Cynthia Rodríguez.

Angely Noriega Baron

Angely Noriega Baron

Undergraduate in Exercise and Sports Science

Angely Noriega Barón is an Exercise and Sports Science Major at St. Mary’s University. She is a first-generation college student who grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, and was born in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico. She enjoys shadowing medical professionals in a variety of environments, including clinics and hospitals. Angely is interested in learning more about her community, especially San Antonio, and volunteering with local organizations.

Co-authored The Effect of the Housing Crisis on Westside Community Health: A Focus on Historical and Present Day Epidemics/Pandemics with Sue Nash.

Sue Nash

Sue Nash, Ph.D.

Co-authored The Effect of the Housing Crisis on Westside Community Health: A Focus on Historical and Present Day Epidemics/Pandemics with Angely Noriega Baron.

Micaela Cruz

Micaela Cruz

Undergraduate Student in Psychology and Community-based Assessment and Evaluation

Co-authored Mexicanidad on the Westside: Tracing the Legacy of Incomparable Servingness at Our Lady of the Lake University with Rick Sperling.

Rick Sperling

Rick Sperling

Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Community-based Research

Co-authored Mexicanidad on the Westside: Tracing the Legacy of Incomparable Servingness at Our Lady of the Lake University with Micaela Cruz.

Jorge Martinez

Jorge Martinez

Undergraduate in Mathematics and minoring in Drama.

An undergraduate junior at St. Mary’s University pursing a BA in Mathematics and minoring in Drama. Martinez is vice president of the Math Club as well as a volunteer math tutor. IDENTITATEM<->IDENTIDAD<->IDENTITY is his 4th collegiate production and third production at St. Mary’s. He performed in two student-directed shows at Northwest Vista College and performed in StMU Theatre’s productions of The Triangle Factory Fire Project as Max Blanck and Samuel Bernstein and as Barnette Lloyd in Crimes of the Heart. He began his acting career during his freshmen year of high school where he fell in love with improv. He continued to act throughout high school and performed in plays such as: Arsenic and Old Lace, The Lil’ Mermaid Jr., A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream, and The Closet.

Co-authored IDENTITATEM <—>IDENTIDAD<—>IDENTITY: A Transformative Theatre Project Capturing the Spiritual and Cultural Realities of Youth and Young Adults in Holy Rosary Parish, San Antonio, Texas with Bernadette Hamilton-Brady.

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