Cynthia is an artist, activist-scholar, archivist and oral historian who is passionate about creating interactive, participatory stories documenting social change. A highly skilled and engaged producer, she is adept in oral history project design, digital project planning and management. Cynthia is an accomplished facilitator who brings together scholars, technologists, and artists to engage as a team to create compelling public history digital projects, humanities teaching and learning prototypes, socially-engaged art programming, and community-based archiving and storytelling projects. Mainly using video to restore voices of collectivity, she casts a critical lens on political and societal norms surrounding identity, space, and community. Cynthia has conceptualized and worked on a number of captivating public history digital exhibits, socially-engaged art projects, and community-based archives that document social movements and student activism.
Currently, she is an Assistant Professor and Head of Archives at Bronx Community College, CUNY. As the college archivist, she is actively collecting oral history interviews, documents, and images from the community, as well as promoting public engagement with the archives through the creation of digital humanities initiatives and collaborations with local community organizations.
Cynthia’s current research interests are centered on using oral history methodology to understand issues of equity, inclusion, diversity and anti-racism in higher education. She has presented and published on several community-based oral history projects that have focused on gentrification, housing justice and student activism. Her multimedia & storytelling work has been shown in solo and group exhibits throughout the city.
A first generation Ecuadorian American, Cynthia was born in Jackson Heights, Queens and raised in several neighborhoods in Queens and Brooklyn. She lives in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Other current obsessions include running, traveling, and cooking at home with her son for family and friends.