Nalya Rodriguez

Nalya Rodriguez was an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, where she double majored in Sociology and Ethnic Studies. She was a Haas and Mc Nair Scholar doing research on the intergenerational relationship between the violence during the Salvadoran civil war (1979-1992) and the current political gang wars. Rodriguez is working on developing a theory on the religion of violence based on Durkheims theory of religion, to explain the normalization of violence in Salvadoran society through social media. She has been involved in organizing with the Salvadoran communities in the Bay Area and LA for four years and hopes to continue her work in graduate school. Currently she is developing an after school program for newcomer students in East Oakland.