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Dominique Salas
Project Assistant, Center for Healthy Minds

Dominique is a doctoral student in Rhetoric, Politics, and Culture at UW-Madison’s Department of Communication Arts. Her dissertation engages her research interests in affect, racialization, and identification within the transnational settler context of the U.S. and Mexico, illustrating how logics of race and nation are communicated in systemic ways through policy, borders, and development projects since New Spain but also how such discourse has been picked up vernacularly within spaces such as YouTube. Before joining UW-Madison’s community as a graduate student, she earned her MFA in poetry from New Mexico State University. She has twice been a TA for the course The Art and Science of Human Flourishing. She looks forward to contributing her experience and skills in helping develop pedagogical materials for instructors and students for use in the Art and Science of Human Flourishing course, along with assisting the team in hosting another successful summer teaching workshop for the course.


MA in Communication Arts, UW-Madison
MFA in creative writing, New Mexico State University

What does well-being mean to me?

Well-being is the unending project of understanding one’s body, mind, and self within a community well enough to be able to give back.