Research: Women's Narratives within the ME Conflict
Women and children experience conflict differently and suffer the worst of war. I traveled to the Middle East Summer 2018 with the Olive Tree Initiative to further my own understanding of the Israel-Palestine conflict and the role women play in the peace processes. Now having returned from the trip, I am looking to engage community leaders on a discussion regarding women in the region and advocating for folks to vote in US domestic policies that inevitably affect the Middle East.
Understanding diversity & inclusion is undoubtedly an integral part of understanding American society and I have curated a series of workshops specifically for ESL (English as a Second Language) students at UCIrvine looking to develop their leadership skills and further their understanding of American culture. The workshops take into consideration all levels of English comprehension and speaking abilities and aims to communicate through the sharing of experiences and narrative exchanges.
Program: Having Difficult Conversations
One of the most important aspects of mentorship is to create safe spaces for conversations on identity and inclusion in a diverse community. I have made it one of my main goals this year to create this environment for the 64 first-year students that I mentor by developing programs that center around social education and engagement. *Conversation topics include: LGBTQ+ community, race & ethnicity, gender, income inequality, privilege, vulnerability and ally-ship.
Research: Examining Women's Employment in Costa Rica
With an interest in gender policies, I conducted research funded by the University of California, Irvine as an undergraduate fellow. My research focused on United Nations programs operating in Costa Rica on increasing women's employment opportunities. I conducted field work in San Jose with individuals affiliated with INAMU (the National Institute for Women) and UNDP and attended a press conference with Dr. Angela Davis on feminism in the Trump era. I presented my findings at the UROP Research Symposium in Spring of 2018.