Educator

Julián Esteban Torres López has worked as a university lecturer, teaching assistant, tutor, and a track coach; has managed educational conferences; and has held leadership positions in the public and private educational sectors.

EDUCATOR EXPERIENCE

  • Museum Manager, Wells Fargo History Museums (San Francisco), November 2015-December 2017.
    • Managed day-to-day activities related to instruction, exhibitory, safekeeping, research, and public service of Wells Fargo’s historical collection. Additional responsibilities included:
      • Developing exhibits, education programs, tours (nearly 1,000), and other events to attract visitors and help them gain a better understanding and appreciation of the Wells Fargo historical collection.
      • Researching, developing, and presenting programs and written materials to assist internal groups in marketing the company history and image and to educate external groups, including students.
  • University Lecturer, University of British Columbia Okanagan, 2010, 2012.
    • Designed and taught undergraduate courses in the Political Science Department: Issues in South American Politics; Comparative Politics.
  • International Students Collegium Assistant, University of British Columbia Okanagan, August 2008-June 2009.
    • Developed and built community on campus by: (a) providing support for international students, (b) creating and hosting weekly educational and cultural events, and (c) managing and supervising the collegium.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of British Columbia Okanagan, 2006, 2008-2013.
    • Assisted professors in 24 courses in the Philosophy, Political Science, and History departments—including, Global Political Economy; Gender and International Relations; American Survey, 1865 to Present; Contemporary World from WWII to Present; Bio-Medical Ethics; Political Ideologies.
  • Guest Lecturer, University of British Columbia Okanagan.
    •  “The Other Colombia,” presented to a Cultural Images of Latin America course, Spring 2011.
    •  “Pre-Columbian Colombia: The Indigenous Before Conquest,” presented to an Introduction to Indigenous Peoples of Contemporary Latin America course and an Indigenous, Traditional, Local, Ecological Knowledge course, March 2010.
    • “How to Write a Good Philosophy Paper,” presented to two sections of Introduction to Philosophy and one section of Bio-Medical Ethics courses, November 2006.
  • Long Jump Track Coach, Kelowna Track and Field Club, Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, 2008.
  • Assistant Manager of Operations, The Aji Network, a privately-held educational institution for business professional, March-August 2007.
    • Managed educational conferences and reviewed all educational materials, along with managing day-to-day operations and editing monthly publication.
  • Interim Director, McNair Scholars Program, University of New Hampshire, January-May 2006.
    • McNair is a federally funded TRIO program that prepares minorities and underrepresented undergraduates for graduate school and independent research projects.
  • Instructor, Research Proposal Writing course, McNair Scholars Program, University of New Hampshire, January-May 2006.
  • Moderator, Socratic Society, a weekly philosophy discussion group, University of New Hampshire, 2005-2006.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of New Hampshire, 2005.
    • Research Methods course, Justice Studies Department.
  • Research Peer Advisor, McNair Scholars Program, University of New Hampshire, May-August 2005.
  • Tutor Counselor + Teaching Assistant, Upward Bound Program, University of New Hampshire, May 2004-August 2004.
    • Tutored, advised, and supervised high school students in a federally funded residential college preparatory summer program.
    • Teaching Assistant to an English Composition course and a Science Fiction and Ethics course, and planned cultural and educational outings for the students
  • Founder of the University of New Hampshire Philosophy Conference, 2003-2006.
  • College Algebra Tutor, Rivier College, 2000.
  • Volunteer Assistant Track and Field Coach, Nashua Sr. High School, 1999-2001.

UNIVERSITY & COMMUNITY TALKS

  • Guest Speaker at “Cruzando Fronteras (Crossing Borders)”—an event on immigration and border crossing hosted by Central Americans for Empowerment at the California State University Chico campus. Julián’s speech tackled the role of storytelling as a tool of empowerment that can disrupt the status quo, confront caricatures, change politics by first changing culture, and help shape new paradigms, as a result. Chico, California,  March 2019.
  • Keynote Speaker at the Mechanics’ Institute Library’s End of the Year Literary Event and Book Bazaar. Julián’s speech dealt with the role of creative nonfiction in today’s divisive world and how sharing personal stories can help build bridges between strangers. Listen to speech below.  San Francisco, 21 December 2018.
  • Global Fest, University of British Columbia Okanagan, October 2011.
  • International Student Day, University of British Columbia Okanagan, November 2010.
  • Student Activism Workshop, University of New Hampshire, March 2005.
  • McNair Graduate Opportunity Program Summer Fellows Reception, University of New Hampshire, July 2005.
  • Interviewed for one hour on WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio, discussed poetry and creative writing, June 2006.
  • Baccalaureate, University of New Hampshire, May 2004, May 2005, May 2006.
  • Diversity and Poetry Lecture, Seacoast African-American Cultural Center, 2004.
  • Matt Ignos Saxophone and Poetry Recital, Spring 2004.
  • Solarfest, Durham, New Hampshire, Spring 2003, Spring 2005.
  • Take Back the Night, Spring 2003.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration, Durham, New Hampshire, January 2002, January 2003, January 2004.
  • Annual Smith Hall International Dorm Fiesta, University of New Hampshire, Spring 2002, Spring 2003.
  • Microphone Check, Black Student Union, University of New Hampshire, 2002.
  • Performance + interview regarding creative writing and spoken word, SCAN-TV, University of New Hampshire, 2002.
  • Voices of Men, University of New Hampshire, Fall 2002.
  • Power Perceptions, University of New Hampshire, Fall 2001, Spring 2002.
  • Iraq War Protest, Durham, New Hampshire, February 2002.
  • Annual International Food Luncheon, University of New Hampshire, Fall 2001, Fall 2002, Fall 2003.
  • Kwanza Ball, University of New Hampshire, November 2001.

UNIVERSITY SERVICES, MEMBERSHIPS, & RECOGNITIONS

  • Member, Latin American Studies Association, 2008-2010.
  • Graduate Student Representative, Deputy Vice Chancellor Human Rights and Equity Committee, University of British Columbia Okanagan, 2009.
  • Member, Equity Enhancement Fund Sub-Committee, 2009.
  • Judge, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference, University of British Columbia Okanagan, 2009.
  • Member, International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination Committee, University of British Columbia Okanagan, 2008-2009.
  • Diversity Hall of Fame Inductee, University of New Hampshire, May 2008.
  • Panel Chair, Undergraduate Research Conference, University of New Hampshire, 2006.
  • Member, Alpha Phi Sigma, National Criminal Justice Honor Society, 2005-2006.
  • Moderator + Organizer, Abortion Debate, University of New Hampshire, Spring 2005.
  • Moderator, Research Symposium, McNair Scholars Program, University of New Hampshire, 2005.
  • Newspaper profile/front page story, “Torres: Embody Your Passion,” The New Hampshire (University of New Hampshire’s student newspaper since 1911), Spring 2004.
  • Community Leadership Awards, University of New Hampshire, 2004.
  • Make Your Own Story Honor, Parents Association, University of New Hampshire, 2003.
    • Selected as 1 of 8 university students from the entire undergraduate student body.
  • Movers and Shakers Award, University of New Hampshire, 2002.