Jonathan Aguirre, GS, SPO

Position
Professional Development Working Group Member
Role
Participant, American Higher Ed GradFUTURES Learning Cohort
Title
Participant, Ethics of AI GradFUTURES Learning Cohort
Bio/Description

Jonathan Aguirre is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Co-Founder of the Logische Phantasie Lab (Lo-Ph), a comprehensive research agency that investigates matters of environmental, legal, and racial injustice. Jonathan studies the history of sustainable development projects in the Amazon and regional environmental justice movements. His objective is to document and narrate the political, economic, and cultural legacies of the climate crises.


He has participated in multiple GradFUTURES programs and learning cohorts including American Higher Ed, Ethics of AI, and Tell Me More: Humanizing Your Research. Jonathan has also served as a University Administrative Fellow and participated in the GradFUTURES Social Impact Fellowship program has been able to explore his interests while building professional skills and a broad network. Moreover, he has been a vocal advocate for professional development among his fellow graduate students, within his department, and with each of the organizations he's been involved with--both on and off-campus. 

"I have been fortunate to be part of several GradFutures Learning Cohorts, including “American Higher Education” (2018-2019) and “Ethics of Artificial Intelligence” (2019-2020). They all had an incredible impact on my intellectual and professional growth.

I've been most appreciative of the stimulating conversations that have motivated me to pursue research topics I would have never otherwise considered.

The Learning Cohorts also helped me better understand some of the complex questions in Higher Education and the tech industry by providing me the opportunity to be in conversation with industry leaders. In the “American Higher Ed” Learning Cohort, for example, I had the opportunity to visit a community college and speak to faculty, administrators, and the President of the college about the institutional challenges of the community college system.

Participating in the GradFUTURES Mentorship Program is one of the highlights of my Princeton education. The conversations I had with my mentor changed my perspectives on my research and career prospects. I really appreciated the thought and effort my mentor invested to help me develop my professional aptitudes."