Dr. Laura Barbas-Rhoden

Professor of Spanish


Community Engagement & Service

Qualitative, community-based, student-faculty research in the Spartanburg area. Read more about it on the Public Research page.

Founder and Steering Team Member, Alianza Hispana, Spartanburg. Alianza Spartanburg is a social impact network dedicated to facilitating, encouraging, and promoting the inclusion of Hispanic/Latinx community members in improving quality of life in Spartanburg County. We meet the second Friday of each month from noon-1 pm, hosted at the locations of our collaborators. Check out our Facebook page or our guest blog post for the Mary Black Foundation for more information. 

Board Member, United Way of the Piedmont, 2021-23. The mission of UWP is “mission is to connect, engage and inspire people to transform our community.” 

Board Member, EMERGE Family Therapy and Teaching Clinic, 2020-present. The EMERGE mission is to train therapists; provide quality, affordable care; and strengthen the community.

Non-Trustee Program Committee Member, Mary Black Foundation, Spartanburg, 2019-present. The foundation is a major local grant-making entity that advances the work of wellness, health, and health equity in Spartanburg.

Member, Spartanburg Initiative for Racial Equity Now collective, 2020-present. SIREN is a grassroots collective dedicated to furthering work for racial equity in Spartanburg.

Recipient of Wofford’s Currie B. Spivey Award for exemplary volunteerism, 2014.