Carolina Valderrama-Echavarria joined the faculty of the Sociology Department in 2014. She earned a B.A. in Sociology and a M.A. in History from Boise State University and holds a Certificate in Marketing Strategies from Cornell University. Her graduate theses focused on the lack of community building among the Colombian Diaspora in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Her areas of interest include community development, social fragmentation, and the manifestations of historical trauma.
In addition to teaching for the Sociology Department, Carolina works as a Community Engagement Coordinator with NeighborWorks Boise helping tenants such as New Americans get connected to community resources in order to create and build communities. Originally from Barranquilla, Colombia, she now calls Boise her home, however, she still stays connected to her roots. She has spent time in volunteering for the green party in Colombia and has served in various roles in numerous nonprofits such as AmeriCorps, the International Rescue Committee, the United Nations, The Idaho FoodBank, The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids(Michigan), and the Snake River Alliance. She has taught courses in Intro to Sociology, Ethnic Studies, Gender, and Mexican American Studies.