Alyeska Reimer, a senior theater management major in the Department of Drama and Spanish language, literature and cultures major in the College of Arts and Sciences, was one of ten Syracuse University students/alumni who were named 2023 recipients of awards through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
The program funds a range of awards that include English teaching assistantships (ETA) and study/research grants in over 140 countries. Reimer received a teaching assistantship in Mexico. She studied abroad in Spain in spring 2022.
Reimer will work part time teaching English and engage in a supplementary volunteer project involving theater. She hopes to volunteer with a branch of Microteatro, which she has been researching with Gail Bulman, associate professor of languages, literatures and linguistics in the College of Arts and Sciences and a Fulbright Global Scholar.
“I am really excited for this opportunity for so many reasons. I am honored to be offered the position and thrilled to find myself in a third Spanish-speaking country in two years. I am also excited to reconnect with some elements of Mexican culture that were prevalent in my hometown, especially coming from a dual-immersion K-12 program where many of my peers and close friends were from Mexican families,” Reimer says. “I’m excited to approach this opportunity with an open mind and to challenge my own perceptions.”
In the future, Reimer hopes to work to expand access to the arts by addressing translation and access barriers. “I aim to encourage connecting with art from other communities and cultures and helping people see how we can learn from each other,” she says.