Mónica Marie Zorrilla

Mónica Marie Zorrilla

Mónica has loved writing ever since she could hold a pencil in her hand, and has dreamt about the day she would be able to work with a news team since she was a fourth grader. AL DÍA News has been a natural fit, as she has been speaking and writing fluently in both English and in Spanish her whole life, due to being born to proud Cuban-American and Puerto Rican-Raised parents in Miami, FL. When she graduated from Carrollton School of The Sacred Heart in 2013 as a high school senior, she decided to give the North East a chance and has pursued her collegiate studies at Haverford College, where she is a member of The Class of 2017. As an English major and a double minor in Spanish and Psychology, Mónica's topics-of-interest cover a broad spectrum, as is evident in the content and clips she has contributed and produced. However, she is most intrigued by social justice and advocacy for children, human rights, foreign policy, [email protected] culture, and mainstream millennial trends. She hopes to, someday, go to graduate school for Social Work, but she promises to always continue providing a voice for herself and for others through her writing.


Enseñando Quechua: Más allá del aula y del idioma

 08/29/2017 - 18:05
Américo Mendoza-Mori is the man behind the Quechua Language Program and Andean Culture of UPenn. Samantha Laub / AL DÍA News

El profesor Américo Mendoza-Mori impulsó y diseñó el programa de Lengua Quechua y Cultura Andina de la Universidad de Pensilvania en 2014. Desde entonces, ha recibido múltiples elogios por ser capaz de dar mayor visibilidad al mundo indígena y por sus lecciones magistrales sobre multiculturalidad, que van más allá de enseñar quechua y español en el aula. 

Teaching Quechua: Beyond the Classroom, Beyond Language

 08/29/2017 - 13:08
Américo Mendoza-Mori is the man behind the Quechua Language Program and Andean Culture of UPenn. Samantha Laub / AL DÍA News

Professor Amėrico Mendoza-Mori designed and began the Quechua Language and Andean Culture program for The University in Pennsylvania in 2014, and since then, has received many accolades for his dedication to indigenous visibility and for his life lessons that go beyond teaching Quechua and Spanish in the classroom.

Dale a tu cuerpo alegría, rebellious Saudi

 08/23/2017 - 12:02
Video still from a 1996 music video of Macarena, directed by Vincent Calet, featuring Los Del Río and Tracee Ellis Ross

Fourteen year old Saudi Arabian has been arrested for a video that went viral almost a year ago. The sordid crime? Publicly dancing to the Los del Río one-hit-wonder, Macarena, on the main road in Jeddah. Though admittedly humorous, the issue of his detainment is much more serious than the gleeful and choreographed wiggles would appear to indicate.

“El General” y “Policía Asesino” es desfigurado en el mural del mercado italiano

 08/22/2017 - 09:31
Mural de Frank Rizzo. Samantha Laub/AL DÍA News

Un nuevo día, un nuevo monumento al polémico Rizzo vandalizado en Filadelfia. Manifestantes de ambos bandos, a favor y en contra de este controvertido y corrosivo ex alcalde y comisario de policía de la ciudad, han sido convocados hoy para protestar frente a su estatua. Una de las manifestaciones tendrá lugar hoy lunes a las 4PM, mientras que la otra, convocada por los seguidores de Rizzo, ha sido denegada por el Ayuntamiento.