Yara González-Justiniano, originally from Puerto Rico, is a Doctoral Candidate in Practical Theology at Boston University. She decided to pursue doctoral studies because for her it was a step forward to achieving part of her vocational goals, teaching. She is also seeking ordination in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). She works with different church communities in hopes of maintaining an open dialogue between academic endeavors and the church. Her areas of research interest are in Latino/a Theologies, Cultural Memory and Identity, Postcolonial Theology, Popular Culture and Popular Religion.