Meet Our Internship Coordinators!
|Isabella Madrigal is an enrolled member of the Cahuilla Band of Indians and is of Turtle
Mountain Chippewa descent. A senior at Harvard College, Isabella is concentrating in English,
with a specific focus on screenwriting/playwriting, and is pursuing a secondary in Psychology.
Isabella was a 2023 Pre-Texts Intern in Banning, CA where she worked alongside her sister,
Sophia Madrigal, and the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, an Indigenous cultural center
dedicated to preserving and sharing Native American cultures, languages, histories, and
traditional arts. The Dorothy Ramon Learning Center was founded by Cahuilla/Serrano elder
Ernest Siva and, with his support, Isabella and Sophia facilitated participants of all ages in arts
and literacy workshops focused on traditional Indigenous language, song, and story revitalization
using the Pre-Texts methodology.
The Pre-Texts Internship draws Harvard undergraduates with interests in the arts, education, and social reform and pairs them with organizations around the world. During their eight weeks on-site, interns create and implement Pre-Texts programming towards their host’s goals. In addition to the promotion of primary or secondary language literacy that the pedagogy is particularly well-suited for, interns this year are using Pre-Texts to preserve and spread understanding of indigenous cultures in California, pilot alternative prison rehabilitation programs in Paraguay, teach leadership in Chile, and promote arts integration in Chicago Public Schools. While the potential, institutional impact of this programming in these communities is large, the personal impact of participating in Pre-Texts workshops should not be neglected either. Watch the video to hear the interns’ final reflections upon graduating from their Pre-Texts training.
Doris Sommer and Justin Hu facilitated a 15-hour virtual Pre-Text (PT) training workshop for all summer interns. Now the interns are working on implementing the PT with their host organization. We can’t wait to see the final report!
Picture: Avanthika Pulijala