Meet the Team

Leticia Berdecia
(ella/she/her)

Founder and Director

Leticia began Archivos del Caribe based on her interest in racial and literary intersectionalities in the Antillean Caribbean region. Her research has brought her to studies with faculty at the UPR Programa de Afrodescendencia y Racialidad as well as the UPR Instituto de Investigaciones Interdisciplinarias, independent investigations on the island of Guadeloupe, and leadership development strategies with Mentes Puertorriqueñas en Acción. She has been interviewed by arts publications and historical groups including Plan de Contigencia, Con Sabor a Coco, and Vulgar Maravilla. Leticia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey.

Gabriel Torres
(él/he/him)

Editor in Chief

Gabriel oversees the Red de Escritores Caribeñes and all of Archivos del Caribe’s published work as Editor in Chief. His texts have been featured in major literature and poetry expositions including contributions to the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras’ 2019 Jornada de Literatura and Antología de Textos. He has been interviewed about the historical and contemporary role that the written word plays in Caribbean and its regional archives by Plan de Contigencia and Vulgar Maravilla. His academic research focuses on the roles of masculinity and gender performance within the literary genre. Gabriel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras.

Nicole Collazo Santana
(ella/she/her)

Art and Media Director

Nicole is responsible for the visual narrative and outreach key to making Archivos del Caribe an accessible digital and print space. Trained as a journalist and designer, her writings have been featured in NPR, BuzzFeed News, Vox Media, Emperifollá, Refinery 29, and 9 Millones. She has additionally collaborated with The New School Free Press, Foundation for Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Consortium for Clinical Investigation, and BackMatter Mag. Nicole is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Creative Publishing & Critical Journalism from The New School for Social Research, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism + Design from The New School.

Natalia Gulick de Torres
(ella/she/her)

Urban & Architectural Historian

Natalia focuses on the built environments and landscapes found throughout the Caribbean as our Urban & Architectural Historian. She has worked in architectural offices based in Manhattan and San Juan, education and preparation departments at the Johnson Museum of Art and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, and alongside community-based design collectives in Ithaca, New York and Santurce, Puerto Rico. She has received travel grants to document architectural conditions in Spain, Portugal, Puerto Rico, and the Levant. Her written work has been featured in publications including El Adoquín Times and the Review of the Puerto Rican Institute of Culture. Natalia is currently pursuing a Master in Design Studies with a Domain of Study in Narratives from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art & Planning.
Ana Teresa Solá Rivière
(ella/she/her)

Writer

Ana Teresa is a writer and journalist with publication experience in Puerto Rico, Spain, and New York. She has interviewed artists and creatives at the Barcelona-based publication METAL Magazine, covered society and culture for Pulso Estudiantil and Her Campus at the University of Puerto Rico while an undergraduate student. Her work has led her to conduct research along the UPR Programa de Afrodescendencia y Racialización, independent studies of Afro-Latino and Afro-Indigenous historical research in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, as well as serve as an editor on ADN Podcast and the television show Afrodescendientes on WIPR. Ana Teresa is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Bilingual & International Journalism from the City University of New York Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras.
Emilie Raboteur
(ella/she/her)

Outreach Coordinator

Emilie is drawn to the development of social innovation in the Antilles, and pursues her interest in connecting the island chains as a cultural unit in her role as our Outreach Coordinator. She has conducted research at the UPR Instituto de Investigaciones Interdisciplinarias focusing on racism and racial identities in the Caribbean, worked with refugees and expatriates seeking asylum, and performed surveys for improvement of urban life quality in Guadeloupe. Emilie is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Sociology from the Université Bordeaux Montaigne in France, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Urban Development from both the Université Bordeaux Montaigne in France and University of Puerto Rico at Cayey.
Roudhia Sellin
(ella/she/her)

Lead Translator and Staff Writer

Roudhia’s aptitude for languages serves her well in her main role as our Lead Translator, with native proficiency in French and Creole, advanced Spanish and English, and beginning mastery of Portuguese. She ties these with her interests of analyzing linguistics and colonial history through field research and investigatory writing for the Red de Escritores Caribeñes. She has served as a departmental assistant to professors of French at the University of Puerto Rico at Cayey and a researcher in her home of Guadeloupe. Roudhia is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Hispanic and Hispano-American Studies from the Université Bordeaux Montaigne in France. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language, History, and Culture from both the Université Bordeaux Montaigne in France and University of Puerto Rico at Cayey, as well as having studied French philosophy and Latin history at the Lycée Gerville Réache in Guadeloupe.
Paula Roque
(ella/she/her)

Writer

Paula is interested in the fields of feminist and decolonial theories when applied to contemporary Puerto Rican literature. Her journalism and think pieces have been featured in publications such as Pulso Estudiantil and Revista Cruce, and has worked alongside the Department of Natural Resources and the Puerto Rican branch of the American Civil Liberties Union. Also an avid performer, she was involved in the dance, theater, and musical collectives as an undergraduate student at the University of Puerto Rico. Paula holds a Bachelor of Arts in Hispanic Studies with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras.
Luis S. Rivera Jimenez
(él/he/him)

Writer

Luis is a Dominican and Puerto Rican multidisciplinary artist who works with physical and digital materials to explore the limits of the art object and experiences for possible reconfigurations and new imaginaries. He is the director of the artist-run gallery Albania Galería and part of the editors of Nítido Press, a magazine and digital platform dedicated to thinking and critical work on digital everyday life in the Caribbean between the Yucatan Peninsula and Puerto Rico. His academic research focuses on pedagogy and the exploration of racial identities within. Luis is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Latin American and Caribbean Art History at the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras and is enrolled in the Independent Study Program by the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico.

Roberto Guzmán Hernández
(él/he/him)

Writer

Trained as a biologist as well as a writer, Roberto’s work has been featured in major scientific journals such as the International Journal of Molecular Science and Cells, while also in the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras’ School of Humanities Literary Competition and Ediciones del Flamboyán. He has worked in laboratories at Stanford University and the University of Puerto Rico on cardiovascular and pulmonary research, and published literature pertaining to cities, music, and more recently diaspora experiences. Roberto is currently pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Sciences at Temple University’s Lewis Katz School of Medicine, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Cellular-Molecular Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras.

Jared Rafaelo

(él/he/him)

Voluntary Summer Intern, 2021

Jared Rafaelo is a puertorican actor, writer and interdisciplinary artist. Rafaelo is currently on the last semester of his BA in Digital Production with a minor in French. He has worked in many local productions including the award winning short film Mano Santa which was awarded at the Festival de Cine Europeo de Puerto Rico and the Caribbean historical fiction film Georgina. His interests include Art, Film, Literature and Social Sciences.