Yunis, Bernardita

Prof. Bernardita Yunis

Address: 2114 G St NW
Washington, District Of Columbia
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Bernardita Yunis currently teaches in the University Writing department at George Washington University and also works as the Faculty Mentor at the GW Writing Center, where she assists faculty an WC consultants in developing best practices for working with multilingual writers. Last year, she taught ESL at Carlos Rosario, a school for adult immigrants in Columbia Heights in D.C. Bernardita has lived in the United States for 21 years, and was originally born in Viña del Mar, Chile. She lived her teenage years in in Miami, Florida. Throughout her 20s, Bernardita became involved in social justice as a student activist and progressive leader. In 2007, she became a Young People For fellow. With YP4, a program of People For the American Way Foundation, Bernardita gained experience as a mentor and trainer/facilitator, serving hundreds of youth activists all around the country in the last 7 years. After college, Bernardita moved to New York City to work as an intern at the Clinton Foundation in Harlem. She also worked as a paralegal for various law firms around the country, as a relationship management specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami, and as a communications specialist at nonprofits in the District. Bernardita has two bachelor degrees from the University of Miami focusing on Communication Studies, International Studies, and Religious Studies. She went to grad school at the Pennsylvania State University where she received a masters in Communication Studies (Rhetoric). It was there at Penn State where she began her teaching career through the Public Speaking and Group Communication courses she taught for two years. Her research and training focus on: identity politics, fighting for social justice, communicating across borders, human rights awareness, building public speaking skills, healthy relationships, and self-sustainability, mentoring youth, and personal, professional, and leadership development, all of which she incorporates into her University Writing course on Latinx Identities and Stereotypes in the United States and her ESL classrooms.