Paula Raimondi Cantú is a storyteller with a goal

Paula Raimondi Cantú, who graduated in writing from UVic in November, is a triple threat: curious researcher, risk-taker and determined director. These elements of her character correspond to a passion for telling stories that need to be told, from the point of view she knows best, her own.

Cantú’s five-year journey through the writing program has taken her through several work-study and work-study positions, developing her skills and supporting her quest to perfect the profession she is working on. hopes to be his life’s work: scriptwriting.

From marketing coordinator and content editor to communications assistant and writing assistant, Cantú has excelled at every college internship.

Cantú has shown particular resilience under the pressure of constantly evolving COVID protocols, balancing his studies and a work-study internship in UVic libraries. After flying to visit family in Mexico over the winter break, travel restrictions forced her to work remotely for her classes and in her new role as the library’s communications assistant.

Unfamiliar with the communication tools used by librarians, Cantú embraced learning new software and created a help guide for UVic Wellness Week—Indigenous approaches to holistic wellness—Complete with electronic and print resources for all UVic students, in support of the Associate University Librarian – Reconciliation Ry Moran’s tenure to raise Indigenous voices and advance decolonization within the library.

From her perspective as a student, Cantú began to notice the efforts of teachers and instructors to decolonize the language used as part of the curriculum, classroom and boardroom, which made him aware of Moran’s efforts to examine the “big picture” of decolonization and reconciliation through university.

“It was a sincere pleasure to work with Paula at the library. We really appreciated his curiosity, hard work and commitment to our work. His efforts to build our social media list of Indigenous influencers and other initiatives will continue to enrich the library for years to come, ”said Moran.

In addition to taking a full course load, Cantú has taken the time to be the founder and creative director of an online magazine, Epic, a multidisciplinary art publication that celebrates the creative expression of self-identified people of color, with design and layout support from fellow UVic students and sisters, Rachel and Sarah Lachmansingh.

Additionally, as part of his work study responsibilities, Cantú designed a program book showcasing the writing talents of UVic students whose submissions were selected for libraries’ about student writing competition.

“It was a real pleasure to work with Paula on the about publication, and I appreciated all of his time and dedication to the project, going beyond what was expected of a work-study student. His professional work ethic was exemplary, ”said Christine Walde, Grants and Awards Librarian.

“The about publication is a project that I will fondly remember for years to come. I had the creative freedom to design a booklet with all of the winning submissions. With this independence and confidence, I felt obligated to these amazing writers to do my best to represent the resilient theme of their work, ”said Cantú. “In a way, this project has been an opportunity for me to continue practicing what I love about arts and communications positions, which is honoring and raising the voice of those who share their stories with the world. ”

Cantú also took a networking opportunity to speak to Whistler Film Festival management about his career goals, a connection that has become a contract position for the upcoming Celluloid Celebration.

“During my time at UVic, I learned to be a writer who wears many hats. Telling a story goes beyond putting words on paper (although the writing is always an important part of that, of course). Taking courses in magazine editing, media and film production, and writing gave me a diverse set of skills that I have been able to use and strengthen in positions where storytelling plays an important role. I have acquired tools that will hopefully help me continue to tell stories, including my own, ”Cantú adds.

While Cantú is well on its way to achieving his dream job as a successful contributor in a writers’ room or as an award-winning screenwriter telling stories of groups deserving of equity, one thing is certain: Cantú can do it. whatever she decides. to, and she does so with cheerful aplomb.