CSSW Administrator Yesika Montoya on Her Work with the Colombian Twins

CSSW Administrator Yesika Montoya on Her Work with the Colombian Twins

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Music I accidentally watched a clip from a
Colombian program about these two sets of twins. So the summary would be there are
two sets of twins. So the first one is William and Jorge who were born in the city in Bogota. And at the same time there were another set of twins being born in Santander. Their names are Wilbur and Carlos. They were premies all of them. Carlos got a little bit sick and was taken from Santander which is a rural area in
Columbia, to the city in Bogota. And was brought to the the same hospital where Jorge and William were born. And by accident were exchanged. So William instead of being in Bogota was sent to the countryside in Santander and grew up with Wilbur thinking they were fraternal twins. And in Bogota stayed Jorge which was born there and Carlos and grew up in a household thinking
that they were fraternal twins. And after 25 years of not knowing about each other’s existence they found out and then they discovered the whole information about their real biological brother being an identical twin instead of a fraternal twin as they always thought. Music My mind kept thinking about it and I felt that they needed to be studied. And that’s when I took the initiative to contact Nancy Segal who is a very well known researcher and has worked with twins as well. My role was to start to set up everything so I contact the twins, I was able to connect with them. And I went to Columbia for a personal trip and took the opportunity to be able to arrange a meeting with them and share what is the work and the interest that we have with them. As a social worker I was
bringing to the attention I would say even to the New York Times and to Nancy about the cultural aspects of my country. Because you are wearing the glasses of the U.S.A. context. But by me being a voice for them into some degree about what is
normal there it doesn’t get to be labeled it doesn’t get to be perceived to a negative way because there is an understanding of the cultural context. Music I would say even from an advising perspective I always have told my students to follow their passions and even if that means
to negotiate times around and I think this is a good example of that. If you have something that holds your attention but is not being providing by your job
necessarily because of the characteristics of your job always take the initiative to take things farther and I would encourage them to do things
that are different and sometimes to take risks. I sent this email not knowing
what will happen and it has grown into a great thing for me professionally. So definitely, yes, I will bring some of that into Columbia School of Social Work. Music

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