Dr. Patricia Ferrer-Medina

Assistant Professor of Spanish and Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Coordinator of Spanish Internships, Director of Latin American and Caribbean Studies


Dr. Ferrer-Medina teaches all levels of Spanish language, Translation, and Latin American and Caribbean cultures, film, and literature.  In essence, her courses deal with the theory and practice of intercultural competence and linguistic justice.  As an affiliated faculty to the Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership, she develops community-based learning projects such as the PPLD and Marist College Community Translation Initiative and the Rhinebeck Afterschool Spanish Program. She also develops courses where students can hone their linguistic proficiency in service of the community as in the case of Making Latinx Count in the 2020 Census course and The COVID Equity Project. She enjoys working closely with students placing them in internships, organizing class trips or events, and advising the Hispanic/Latino student club.

During her time at Marist, Dr. Ferrer-Medina has served as chair of the LGBTQ (now Queer Trans) Committee, the Marist College Diversity Council, the department of World Languages and Cultures, and the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program. In the community, she serves on the Poughkeepsie Public School Library District Board of Trustees.  She was the recipient of the 2022 Marist College Social Justice Award recognizing her classroom, campus, and community efforts in inclusion, equity, and diversity.


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School of Liberal Arts


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(845) 575-3000 ext. 6429