Nadia De Leon, Ed.D.
Director of Service-Learning
Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity
Tell me a bit about your career.
I worked at WKU's ALIVE Center for Community Partnership while earning an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. In 2013, I moved to continue the same line of work at Stanford University, specifically with the faculty and students in the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, which houses programs in Comparative Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies, Native-American Studies, Asian-American Studies, Jewish Studies, and works closely with the African and African-American Studies Program. I coordinate and support engaged scholarship opportunities, including service-learning, internships, and community-based research; mostly with local communities, but also abroad.
How has folklore prepared you for your career?
Folklore helps me frame all of my work as a theoretical lens and as a set of practical tools. My background in folklore helps me understand and work with communities, and the knowledge I gained from courses and internships in public folklore prepared me for educational and organizational tasks, including grant writing and curriculum development, as well as shaped my awareness of community needs. Folklore has prepared me well for a career in the educational and community development fields, as well as the many other initiatives I am involved in, particularly in cultural sustainability and arts education. I am interested in researching and understanding folklore, but also invested in finding ways in which a community's traditions can help sustain or improve its quality of life.