My name is itza. I am the daughter of Honduran parents, a native of New Orleans, and a child of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. I live in Austin, Texas currently pursuing a Master of Science in Information Studies with a focus on archival management and digital records at the University of Texas at Austin School of Information. Before that, I obtained a dual-degree Bachelor of Arts in History and English with a concentration on creative writing and legal studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. During that time, I thought I wanted to be a lawyer then I thought I wanted to write children’s books, but soon I realized that I still needed to explore.
Today, I am still exploring mainly issues related to identity, memory, the production of history, and the implications of the digital for our cultural memory.My curiosities as a researcher include the role of community archives in shaping collective memories, the use of archives as centers of power, archives and memory retrieval, the production of history, and the use of digital archives as a response to the historic erasure of marginalized peoples.
My roots begin three generations ago when one of my great grandfathers landed in the port city of New Orleans from France. He then travel by boat to Honduras, a country in Central America. There my paternal grandmother would be born. She would become a school teacher, a mayor, and a mother of four. On the other side of the border in the early 20th century, my maternal grandfather escaped military repressions in El Salvador. He would eventually meet my maternal grandmother and give birth to eight children including my mother.
My father and mother grew up in Honduras. As they began to settle down, they chose to leave temporarily due to economic uncertainties. I by chance came to life in New Orleans and never claimed another place as home until 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck. I left my city and have resided in Texas ever since.
As a result of these experiences, I am many things – a transnational daughter of immigrants, a displaced Hurricane Katrina survivor, a woman of color, a product of neoliberal policies in Latin America, and a child raised in a working class environment.
Welcome to my portfolio. I involve myself in many ways, so feel free to look around.