Eleana Velasco

Eleana Velasco

Eleana Velasco

Coordinator of Student Success Initiatives

Eleana Velasco received her Master's Degree in Spanish and Multicultural Education from George Mason University in 2017. Her research showcases the career of Mexican director Arturo Ripstein and scriptwriter Paz Alicia Garciadiego. She worked on an ethnography about the rise of Ecuadorian cinema, sponsored by GMU's Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR), which she presented in 2013 at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies' annual conference. As an undergraduate and graduate student she worked as editor (2013) and editor-in-chief (2014) at Hispanic Culture Review, Mason's only bilingual journal at the Office of Student Media.

Since 2015, she has taught different Spanish courses as both teaching assistant and adjunct faculty at the Department of Modern and Classical Languages. She served as Academic Director for the Study Abroad Program to Ecuador (Global Education Office) for Winter 2020. 

Besides teaching, she enjoys collaborating at The Journal of Latin American and Caribbean Anthropology as copyeditor and more recently, as associate editor. In the spring of 2022 she joined the Student Success Team at the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs (CHSS) as a mentor for the PASS Program and later as Coordinator of Student Success Initiatives. She coordinates the CHSS Learning Community, CHSS Student Ambassadors Program, and Path to Academic Student Success Program.

Courses Taught

SPAN 101: Elementary Spanish I (Equivalent to SPAN 110)

SPAN 110: Elementary Spanish

SPAN 115: Review of Elementary Spanish

SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish I

SPAN 210: Intermediate Spanish

SPAN 212: Intermediate Spanish II: Local and Global Contexts (Global Understanding - Mason Core)

CHSS 101: CHSS First Year Experience: LC


Master's Degree in Spanish and Multicultural Education, George Mason University,  2017.

Recent Presentations

"Melodrama neobarroco: El cine de Arturo Ripstein y Paz Alicia Garciadiego". Reshaping Hispanic Cultures: Instituto Cervantes Symposium for New Research 2019 at Harvard University.