Valentina Cano


I'm Valentina, a 23 year old from Caracas, Venezuela, living in Providence, RI. I'm currently studying my undergrad at Brown University and will be graduating in December 2019 with degrees in Computer Science and Development Studies. In the past, I've worked at Facebook and in January I'll be moving to New York City to start working full-time as a Data Analyst at Disney Streaming Services.


Research Assistant for the Brown Human Computer Interaction group, on a project that works on predicting mental health issues from naturally-occurring social and health-tracking data.

Mental health intervention with a pulse sensor, mood light orb and emergency-button watch that promotes mindfulness and provides help for anxiety disorders.

Word suggestion engine built in Java with: underlying recursive prefix tree (trie) implementation; suggestions based on Levenshtein edit distance, prefix matching and whitespace testing; and rankings by unigram and bigram frequency.

Design and wireframe for DjUp, a mobile app that crowdsources the music playlist at a party.

Chrome extension that adds a quote to any mention of Nicolás Maduro (Venezuelan president) on a webpage.

UNIX shell implementation in C from scratch with: command line parsing, basic commands, I/O redirection, signal handling, and foreground and background job control.

Dynamic memory allocation process implemented in C using a first-fit explicit free list strategy.

Distributors Portal
Wireframe of a new route and territory planning software built for small distributors in Latin America to be able to visualize enterprise supply chain management software.

Implementation of the classic tile-matching puzzle game Tetris, and first Java applet I ever coded from scratch.


Brown Computer Science
I've been a Teaching Assistant for CS15: Introduction to Object Oriented Programming, and a Research Assistant in the Human Computer Interaction Lab on the Sochiatrist project.

Brown Entrepreneurship Program
I've helped organize events such as Startup@Brown, startups trips to Boston, New York, and Providence, a Summer Fellowship program in San Francisco, and talks. After that, I helped with the first draft of the Pathways to Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (DIAP) for Brown University’s new Nelson Entrepreneurship Center.

I've been a mentor for the Mentorship program.

Project LETS
I'm currently a Peer Mental Health Advocate, sometimes help with panels and last year participated in the Ivy League Mental Health Conference.

Buxton International House
I'm a member of Brown's international program house.

Bloco da Brown
For a while, I played in an Afro-Brazilian drums group on campus, and my specialty was the shekere.


Food Scarcity, Local Committees for Supply and Production (CLAP), and Political Clientelism in Venezuela during Nicolas Maduro’s presidency
Hunger levels in Venezuela have skyrocketed in recent years. With this crisis, the government has created systems to provide food to those in need. This paper analyzes the CLAP system, arguing that it is a form of political clientelism and manipulation between the Maduro government and the most vulnerable population of Venezuela.

Coping with Personhood through the Illustrations of Carolina Hicks: An Exploration of Latinidad, Identity, Trauma Healing, and Third World Feminism
This paper explores the ways in which Carolina Hick's illustrations and personal experiences fall into the project of Third World Feminism, through Gloria Anzaldúa's concept of nepantla, Audre Lorde's analysis of the erotic, and Juana María Rodríguez's notions of queer latinidad.

¿Qué dirán de mí si un día aparezco muerta?: Feminicide, Latinidad, and State Violence from the lens of Regina José Galindo
In this paper I examine the work of Guatemalan artist Regina José Galindo, in conversation with the definition of feminicide that Rosa Linda Fregoso and Cynthia Bejarano present in A Cartography of Feminicide in the Américas.

Classism, Racism, and the Complexities of Afro Latinidad: A Look into the History of Whitening, Political Movements, and Reggaetón, and their Relationship to Black Folklore
How is classism and racism intertwined in Latin America? Is Latin America "café con leche" or "café y leche"? How does reggaetón represent Blackness? This paper seeks to provide an overview of Afro Latinidad from the lens of history and music.

Regional and National Divergence in Afro Latin American Identity
This paper explores whether or not there exists a monolithic conceptualization of Afro Latin America in history and society using multiple academic texts in conversation with the Venezuelan novel Cumboto.

Social Movements as a Response to the Weakening of Institutional Accountability in the Era of Globalization
Using the examples of the human rights and environmentalist movements, this paper explains how contemporary globalization has brought a weakening of institutional accountability which generates countermovements to express social and political inconformity.

Good Governance, International Aid, and its Implications for Development
By exploring different points of view in regards to the question of international aid in developing countries, and using Chile as a case study, this paper argues that democratic accountability and good governance are essential for development; therefore, international aid should be focused on building state capacities.

Venezuela Case Study Data Analysis
This study takes 8 data sets (GDP growth, fuel exports, inflation, intentional homicides, gini coefficient, % poor households, debt stock, and government spending) to analyze how globalization has affected Venezuela in relation to its government's recent political and economic measures.

Socialism of the 21st century: An Analysis of Rawlsian Justice and Freedom in Venezuela
In 1999, Hugo Chávez became president of Venezuela and implemented a new political system called "Socialism of the 21st century" which, in theory, seems to be consistent with John Rawls' definition of justice and freedom. This paper argues that in practice, this political model fails to achieve true justice in the economic, political, and social realms.