Jenny Snead Williams has been involved with Latino/a Studies at Duke since 2002, when she joined the Duke staff. Jenny coordinated Latino/a Studies as a secondary responsibility to her main position as Academic Program Coordinator for Latin American and Caribbean Studies until 2006. At that time, Latino/a Studies became a unit separate from (though still in collaboration with) the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, and Jenny migrated with Latino/a Studies to serve as Program Coordinator. In 2008, she was promoted to Executive Director of the newly approved "Program in Latino/a Studies in the Global South."
Jenny's experience includes developing and administering curricular programs, designing and implementing interdisciplinary activities and events, managing research competitions, advising students, and coordinating visiting professors, scholars, and activists.
She served as editor in the creation of a newly approved undergraduate certificate, "Latino/a Studies in the Global South." Jenny co-developed and co-directs the DukeEngage program, "Encuentros de la Frontera: U.S.-Mexico Border Civic Engagement." She has worked with the Global Americas Focus Program, serving as Instructor for the Interdisciplinary Discussion Course and as co-leader of service learning and research service learning components. In Spring '09, she co-taught the Introduction to Latino/a Studies course.
Administering student and faculty research and conference awards, facilitating community outreach efforts, providing student guidance, and collaborating with faculty, staff, and students on event coordination are all part of Jenny's weekly activiites. In addition, she represents the Program in collaborations with various departments at Duke, UNC-CH, and regional, national, and international associations.
Jenny completed her BA at Wofford College (Spartanburg, SC) double-majoring in sociology and Spanish, and earning a certificate in Latin American Studies. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa with highest distinction in her studies. After teaching English abroad and working in management in the United States, she returned to school to earn her Master of Science degree at North Carolina State University in the Department of Sociology, with a graduate minor in Anthropology. Her Masters thesis examined housing for new Latino immigrants across two counties in North Carolina.