June 12, 2017 | The NextGen Leadership Series, GU Impacts Profile: Zeke Gutierrez
Interview by Ali Walton, Beeck Communications Analyst
Meet Zeke! He’s a Sophomore in the SFS studying International Law. He will be combining his academic interests in Latin America and his professional interests in making change at his fellowship with Agora Partnerships in Managua, Nicaragua.
What is your assigned location and what makes you excited about it?
I am working in Managua, Nicaragua, and I am excited to learn more about the history, culture, and political implications that have led to its current state development. I’m interested in the developmental initiatives in Nicaragua, and by interning with Agora Partnerships, I look forward to making an impact!
What does social impact mean to you in your experiences?
Social impact is collaborating to meet the needs of a specific community, whether that is through community development, programming, or financing, and making sure that there is a model that can be replicated in the future.
How do you hope to grow through GU Impacts?
Through GU Impacts, I want to continue developing my communication skills and incorporate my understanding of Latin America in the context of Nicaragua. Through my studies, I concentrate on Latin American Affairs, and the impact of the political and economic development in this region. With this lens, I hope to expand the resources and networks within Georgetown to continue learning about the initiatives undertaken by community members in Latin America.
Why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?
I applied to GU Impacts because the work that we do through the fellowship goes beyond the individual experience. The fellowship creates a community within the fellows and partners through constant communication and mentorship. I was drawn to GU Impacts because of its focus on making sure the individual has a community, both abroad and at home. While embarking on this journey, I have a support system that will advise me through the various phases of the project.
What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?
GU Impacts incorporates a faculty mentor, which allows me to choose my own advisor, allowing the program to cater to some of my more specific needs. The mentorship allows me to work and communicate my goals with a professor at Georgetown, serving as a base throughout the project. Therefore, from the beginning, I have a faculty member that knows my objectives, and works with me throughout the summer to ensure I culminate with a stellar capstone.
What’s your favorite quote?
“Like all people, we perceive the version of reality that our culture communicates. Like others having or living in more than one culture, we get multiple, often opposing messages. The coming together of two self-consistent but habitually incomparable frames of reference causes un choque, a cultural collision.” -Gloria E. Anzaldúa
What are you currently reading?
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire