Posted on May 15, 2024 by Justine Cantu

Photo of Madeline Puente-Bonilla

Photo of Madeline Puente-Bonilla

Grad Spotlight: Madeline Puente-Bonilla


Degree: B.A. in Women's Studies

Hometown: Ponce, Puerto Rico


"I grew up moving around every three years and was constantly surrounded by a diverse and multicultural community. This exposed me to an array of perspectives on gender and sexuality, igniting the spark of interest in this field. This early exposure laid the foundation for my curiosity, pushing me to explore of gender dynamics. However, my interest in WGSS runs even deeper; I have personally witnessed and experienced the harsh realities of gender-based inequality. These experiences served as a catalyst, propelling me toward this degree in pursuit of gender equality and justice."


Why did you choose UTSA?

After finishing high school in Colombia, my family was moving to San Antonio, and I wanted to stay close to them.


What is your fondest memory of your experience at UTSA?

Participating in the Gran Finale: Mes Herencia Hispana in October of 2023.


What are some professional experiences, research, organizations, or internship opportunities you've had at UTSA?

I interned at the archives in the Women's Studies Institute (WSI) here at UTSA.


What are your plans for the future and/or your career?

I plan on being a librarian or archivist! I've actually been accepted into a dual masters program at UT - Austin which would award me a Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) and a Masters in Women's & Gender Studies!


What has brought you inspiration during this time? I.E. Music, books, public figures, etc.

What brought me inspiration during this time was my mother. She sacrificed so much for me and my siblings and this is the least I can do to repay that.


— Justine Cantu