Sofia Becerra-Licha (MSLS ’12) became lead archivist at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., in April 2019. The Kennedy Center created the position to help organize and preserve its historical holdings in preparation for its 50th anniversary season in 2021-22. The disarray of its materials, as well as that of the National Theatre, were highlighted by a Washington Post story that quotes Becerra-Licha.
“I think what excites me most about this opportunity is the chance to once again build an archives and records management program from scratch at such a significant performing arts organization,” Becerra-Licha said just after starting her new job. “I love building things. I love a good challenge, and given my music background, I'm thrilled to be able to bring all those elements together in support of an organizational mission that's near and dear to my heart.”
What was your educational and professional background before coming to SILS?
I completed a double major in music and Spanish as well as a master’s in music (ethnomusicology concentration) before electing to pursue my MSLS at UNC-CH. This was a career change for me; previously I had taught and tutored in a variety of contexts.
Is there any other information you would like to share, or any advice you would like to offer current or future SILS students?
Really take advantage of student rates and scholarships for professional memberships and conferences! Many people impressed this upon me as a graduate student and I didn’t really appreciate how drastically these fees shoot up once you’re considered a professional. It definitely takes some planning to fit conferences into a schedule jam-packed with coursework and other responsibilities, but it’s a great opportunity to explore different specialties and communities and begin developing a professional network.