Dr. Dulce María Gray comes from a long line of immigrants who have moved widely in the world—and that’s probably why she has such an urgent sense of wanderlust, and why a Semester at Sea voyage is thrilling to her: she gets to teach, to learn, and to experience traveling with people who share her passions. Exploring new locations, reading, writing, and exchanging ideas are powerful tools that prompt her to grow. That’s one reason she completed a doctorate in cultures, languages, and literacy studies. Dr. Gray has taught undergraduate and graduate levels of Composition, World Literatures, Latinx Studies, and Women and Gender Studies at universities across the United States: in New York City, Indiana, outside of Washington DC, and currently in California’s Silicon Valley where she teaches in face-to-face and online modes and also directs West Valley College’s Study Abroad Program.
Dr. Gray has also made time to see a bit of the world. Her most memorable experiences include being an exchange student in Spain, and then in England; being on a Fulbright in Egypt, and on an NEH in Central America; working in Kuwait and Dominican Republic; attending extended seminars in Argentina, Austria, and France; doing volunteer development work with rural women in Guatemala; writing, for publication, a travel narrative about Cappadocia, Turkey, while in Shanghai, China; and participating in extreme sports in Australia and New Zealand. Now, she is especially looking forward to learning in South Africa and India. Being a global citizen, she believes, enriches her personal and professional life, focuses her on being empathic and socially conscious, and allows her to be enormously grateful for the privilege of being able to move about the world.