Atquetzali Quiroz ’24 Awarded Prestigious Watson Fellowship

Atquetzali Quiroz ’24

The Feminist and Gender Studies Department is delighted to share that Atquetzali Quiroz ’24, FGS Major and Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies and Education Minor, was awarded the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to pursue a full year of self-directed exploration and experiential research on Indigenous cultural education as a tool against the impacts of colonization.

The Wat­son Fel­low­ship is a one-year grant for pur­pose­ful, inde­pen­dent explo­ration out­side the Unit­ed States, award­ed to grad­u­at­ing seniors nom­i­nat­ed by one of 41 part­ner insti­tu­tions. The Watson Foundation seeks to find and support students of “unusual promise” to give them the opportunity to enhance their capacity for resourcefulness, imagination, openness, and leadership, and to foster their humane and effective participation in the world. Since 1968, The Watson Foundation has awarded over 2,500 fellowships, providing support to future global leaders in every field of experience.

As a Watson Fellow, Atquetzali will spend a year after graduation exploring diverse cultural education approaches, shaped by distinct colonial histories, and connecting with Indigenous communities in New Zealand, the Philippines, South Africa, and Peru. As Atquetzali describes the significance of this opportunity in her own words: “I am looking forward to fostering meaningful relationships (rooted in solidarity) with the Indigenous communities I will engage and collaborate with. My hope is for our collaboration to extend far beyond my Watson year. This project holds deep significance for me because it aligns with my core belief in the transformative power of cultural education, which serves as a tool for resistance, resilience, and cultivating connections.”

Congratulations, Atquetzali! We are so proud to know you!

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