Esperanza Velasquez



Office: 446 Liberal Arts Building
Phone: 601.979.2866







B.A. in Philology & Foreign Languages, emphasis in Spanish

Universidad Libre de Colombia, Bogotá, Colombia, South America

Associate Degree in Programming & Data Processing

Hinds Community College, Raymond, Mississippi

M.A. in Education, emphasis in Spanish Literature

                Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi

Currently pursuing a doctorate degree at JSU in Early Childhood

Education, Emphasis in Reading


Department of English & Foreign Language, Departmental Committees (2015-2016):

  • Linguistics Program Committee

  • Student Awards Program/Luncheon Committee

  • Recruitment Committee

  • Seminar Series Committee

  • Foreign Language Fair

  • Alpha Mu Gamma Honor Society

  • Mississippi Foreign Language Association member

  • Alpha Mu Gamma Honors Society JSU Coordinator

  • Co-Founder of the Mississippi Hispanic Association (1995)

  • Board Member of the Mississippi Hispanic Association (1995-present)




Courses Taught at JSU:

SP 101 Elementary Spanish 101

SP 102 Elementary Spanish 102

SP 201 Intermediate Spanish 201

SP 202 Intermediate Spanish 202

SP 230 Spain Civilization & Culture

SP 231 Spanish-America Civilization Studies

SP 312 Survey of Spanish Literature

SP 317 Independent Studies: Latin American Literature

SP 322 Spanish Conversation & Composition

SP 480 Independent Studies: Latin American Culture & Literature


Areas of Interest: Latin Civilizations & Culture; The Immigrant Experience; Hispanic Immigration; Spanish Instruction in Early Childhood Education; Pre-Columbian Cultures, emphasis on existing pre-Columbian languages

Favorite Author: Gabriel García Márquez (Colombian)


Mrs. Velásquez is from Colombia, South America and taught Spanish

Literature for many years before moving to Mississippi in 1982.  Mrs.

Velásquez is married and has three daughters.  She draws from her

experience and the knowledge she has gained as an immigrant to

contribute to the well-being of the Hispanic community in Mississippi.



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