Student of Distinction: Raquel Romero

Raquel Romero

Graduate, M.A. in Spanish

At 11 years old, Raquel Romero moved from Mexico City to the United States, where she went to high school at Madera High. As a DACA recipient, she attended Reedley College and Fresno City College before transferring to Fresno State and earning her bachelor’s degree in Spanish in 2015 and her master’s in Spanish in Fall 2020.

In her master’s thesis, she explored how migrants have been represented in recent works of Mexican literature.

“Her thesis stands out, in particular, for its careful writing and for the detailed textual analysis she practices,” said Assistant Professor Dr. Rafael Lemus.

During her time in the master’s program at Fresno State, Romero served as the secretary for Club Austral.

“Through Club Austral, she organized and participated in workshops and cultural events that promoted the Spanish language as well as Latin American history and cultural life,” said Professor of Spanish Gloria Media-Sancho, Ph.D.

Romero also worked as a Spanish teacher for Upward Bound and as a Spanish teaching associate at Fresno State.

Since receiving her master’s degree, Romero now works as a Spanish teacher at Bullard High School.


The College of Arts and Humanities Students of Distinction represents the best of their department and will be honored at the Arts in Motion event at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10 – the culminating event of the Arts in Motion Showcase week. From these students, one undergraduate and one graduate Dean’s Medalist will be selected. The Dean’s Medalists are then eligible to receive the President’s Medal, the university’s highest student honor.

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