Episode 21: Susana Arteta Part 2

Episode 21: Susana Arteta Part 2

Susana Arteta, Administrative Director for Harvard Legal Aid Bureau

The second part of Edgar’s conversation with Susana starts with her in Peru in search of a job.  In Peru, she had to relearn cultural values and adjust in order to work.  While there, she worked with a religious organization from Chicago and USAID, which both allowed her to connect with the indigenous groups.

After living in Peru, Susana moved to Boston and worked as a social worker.  She talks about dealing with biases and changing her appearance and her name to sound more “American.”  She went on to work and travel to multiple countries in Latin America.

In the early 2000s, Susana got a job with the Legal Aid Bureau, which was a Student Practice Organization (SPO) at the time. She talks about important figures in her work since then, describing LAB as a lobster to incoming students and shares what the work she does represents to her.

Some fun facts about Susana:

-She loves murder mysteries and science fiction.
-Her favorite food is seafood.
-Her favorite ice cream flavor is pistachio.

The goal of this podcast is to introduce folks to HLS staff members from across the community. You may recognize the names of some guests, and if you don’t, that’s okay!  We hope that you will tune in to learn more about your colleagues—what their role is, what makes them tick, and why they do the work that they do at HLS.  If you’re interested in being a guest, please let us know—we would love to hear your story. Our stories bring us together; we come from different backgrounds and serve all different roles, but our shared community at HLS unites us. Let us hear your story! 

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