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Rosa Arenas

Library Specialist for Access and Circulation, Evening




Rosa was born in Panama, came to NYC when she was seven weeks old and has been here ever since.  Rosa was a FLI student when she went to Syracuse University for her BA, and was the first in her family to get a master's degree right across the street at Teachers College where she majored in Developmental Psychology.

Rosa comes to Barnard after working several years at Columbia University and then with the labor movement at Local 2110 since 2014, when she became a steward and then a union rep in 2018. Rosa represented union members at Barnard College and other shops on campus.

When not at work,  Rosa is a member of Community Board 7 where she collaborated on an Environmental Justice report for the northern part of her district and led a forum on racial disparities in healthcare last year.  Rosa opened a bakery in Panama with her cousin Eric (an extraordinary baker) called Panadería Las Madres in honor of all the amazing mothers in their family.  Rosa  loves listening to 80s/90s hip hop and R&B, as well as classic salsa, reggaeton, Latin trap and Afro pop.  Rosa's 13-year-old tuxedo cat named Martini, is psychic (predicted the last 2 presidential election winners).  She is currently reading "Notes from a Young Black Chef" by Kwame Onwuachi and Joshua Stein