M.A. Candidate – Class of 2020
Born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey, I grew up with two identities: American and Dominican. At the time, I was forced to face the realities many Hispanic families experience when assimilating to a foreign country. My family’s struggles inspired me to seek out different outlets to advocate for and encourage equity among marginalized communities. Ultimately, my questions led me to a career within public policy.
While communications were a focus throughout my studies, education policy became the center of my work thereafter. After graduating college, I worked at The White House, helping speechwriters disseminate policy initiatives such as the crackdown on for-profit schools and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). I then expanded my work as a political communications staffer at the New Jersey State Legislature, helping to reform the juvenile justice system and advocating for higher education funding on behalf of state senators. At the NYC Department of Health, I further led digital media strategies promoting sexual health education, early childhood development, and human trafficking awareness.
Additionally, I studied and worked in Asia and Latin America. As a Critical Language Scholar in Japan, I learned the ins and outs of cultural exchanges. Most recently as a Fulbright Fellow in the Dominican Republic, I taught English to university students while advising non-profit organizations. Ultimately, I aspire to work for an IGO using my passion for public policy to give a voice to disenfranchised communities abroad.
My research centers on foreign education initiatives answering the following questions: How can we use education policy to help bridge communities and strengthen relations? Which methods could be used to disseminate these practices? How can language, cultural education exchanges, community-based partnerships, and media relations bolster this effort? I aim to explore these concepts by incorporating a global lens within the field of public affairs in Columbia University’s Global Thought Program.
- Seton Hall University, B.A. Journalism and Public Relations, 2013