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Humans of GSU: Novia Pagone

“I encourage students to learn Spanish and to explore the diversity of Spanish-speaking cultures. It expands their knowledge of the world and reflects the values of Governors State University.”

We created a Spanish minor on campus because it will enhance opportunities for students, both at GSU and after they graduate. Being in an area rich with Latinx cultures means students can immerse themselves in it. This fall I’m teaching Spanish Language and Culture I and Spanish for Business Professions, and in the spring, I’ll be teaching Women in Latinx Film.

One of my goals is to get students involved in cultural experiences, whether it’s Study Abroad, participating in Association of Latin American Students (ALAS) events, or taking trips to areas like Pilsen to experience the art and food. GSU’s commitment to a diverse student body is what drew me here—not just racial diversity, but also age and generational, which isn’t something you see at every university."


—Novia Pagone, Assistant Professor, Division of Arts And Letters