Latin American Literature
B.A., January 2008, Summa cum Laude
Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellowship
Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship
Presidential Award for Achievement in Romance Languages
Dulce Wechsler was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Upon her high school graduation, her father refused to pay for college because she wanted to study journalism; he felt that was no career for a woman. Wechsler applied to an English program in Los Angeles (earning a full scholarship) with the idea of returning to Venezuela as an English teacher; then she would use the money she earned to pay for her own further education. But instead of returning to Venezuela, she relocated to Miami to work in the music industry promoting Latin American music which she did from 1997 on. (She received 15 credits from CUNY BA/BS for her work in Media Planning, Copywriting, Public Relations, Advertising and Marketing). She earned a few credits at Miami-Dade Community College and entered Hunter College in 2005.
Wechsler designed her concentration with Prof. Maria Hernandez-Ojeda, Romance Languages, Hunter College. Her specific study was of the Latin American canon from pre-Columbian to Contemporary Literatures, within the themes of multicultural interaction such as Coloniality, Post-Coloniality and Border Thinking. This is an area she hopes to pursue in graduate school.
Wechsler received a highly competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Institute of International Education. With this she studied in Argentina during the January 2007 winter break. In 2008 she was awarded a Thomas W. Smith Academic Fellowship and was inducted into HAT (Hunter Achievement Team); later she was elected president of the Spanish literary magazine and club, and won one of the CUNY President’s awards for academic achievement in Romance languages.
In December 2007, Wechsler gave birth to her first child, a boy.
In Spring 2012, Wechsler was accepted to the highly competitive MA/PhD program in Spanish Literature at Rutgers University (she was one of two students admitted out of over 60 applicants). She has been given a five-year-TAship, along with tuition remission and health benefits. The stipend for TAship amounts to $23,000 and it will increase yearly.