I was born into a biracial household and raised in Queens, New York – one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the world. I like to think that this upbringing catalyzed my interest in the intersection of international affairs and various social sciences. At Fordham University, I obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree focused on Communications and Media Studies; Media, Culture and Society; and International Humanitarian Affairs. While still pursuing my undergraduate degree, I was fortunate to participate in a service trip to Quito, Ecuador that centered on both alleviating poverty and providing education to youth. Upon my return, I began volunteering with and working for several non-governmental organizations based in New York City that also specialized in youth education, including Girls Inc., The International Rescue Committee, and Grand Street Settlement.
At Columbia I plan to continue my focus on education. I am specifically interested in education and literacy rates in conflict regions. Within this, I am also keen to expand on and redefine the meaning of conflict, especially how this meaning has shifted in the 21st century as a result of globalization. Ultimately, I hope to gain a better understanding of both education in conflict zones (domestic and global) and how education can be improved through effective advocacy.
- BA, Communications and Media Studies, Fordham University, 2016