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Joanna Moley Beeck Center Social Impact Innovation GU Impacts Fellow Yanbal International Peru Lima

The NextGen Leadership Series: Joanna Moley

June 28, 2017 | The NextGen Leadership Series, GU Impacts Profile: Jo Moley

Interview by Ali Walton, Beeck Communications Analyst

Meet Jo Moley! She’s a junior in the SFS, studying the Latin American region. She will be combining her studies of the region, her passion for the Spanish language, and interests in cross-cultural understandings at her fellowship with Yanbal International in Lima, Perú.

Can you tell us about your assigned location and what makes you most excited about this summer?

I will be heading to Lima, Peru. As a Regional Studies of Latin America major and a Spanish minor, I’m excited to spend the summer in Lima and have the opportunity to experience the culture of Peru first-hand. I’ve previously spent time abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and there really is no better way to learn about another country than to live and work there. I’m also really excited to work with Yanbal International in Peru.

Why Yanbal International in particular?

I really admire and support their commitment to providing flexible, professional opportunities to women while creating a supportive, community-driven corporate environment.

That’s great. It sounds like that work will be very social impact-focused, what does that mean to you?

To me, social impact means meaningful interactions that enrich the lives of others and promote greater cross-cultural understanding.

Have you had any experiences that have defined this social impact-focus for you?

Actually this spring I’ve been interning at a DC-based nonprofit called Learning Life. I work on the Citizen Diplomacy Initiative, which is a program that connects low-income families in DC’s Wards 7 & 8 with similar families abroad. They’re mainly connected through video-chat dialogues. The goals of this initiative are to diversify the voices included in international affairs, and to provide all of the families involved with a greater understanding of global cultures, which they would otherwise not have been able to access. For me, these exchanges are the perfect example of social impact. Every member family, whether in DC or abroad, has been positively affected by their experiences with the program. I have seen children with little knowledge of culture beyond their DC neighborhood develop an appreciation of what it means to grow up in Jordan, Senegal, or El Salvador. Through this exchange, all of the families are gaining social capital and expanding their cross-cultural understanding. To me, this is the epitome of social impact.

That sounds like a really enriching experience. How do you hope to grow through your upcoming experiences with GU Impacts?

I hope to develop my professional skills in the field of marketing and to gain a greater knowledge and understanding of Peru and its culture. I also hope to be empowered by the experience of independently living and traveling abroad.

So why did you decide to apply to GU Impacts?

I was drawn to GU Impacts because the program’s design allows fellows to become more deeply involved with the Georgetown community while simultaneously becoming more engaged with the world outside of the front gates. I was also really impressed by the social impact aspect of every fellowship that the program offers. GU Impacts is committed to doing good, and presents clear paths to achieve this goal.

What do you think makes GU Impacts different from other service programs at Georgetown?

GU Impacts is set apart by its broad international scope and its genuine commitment to long-term, positive social impact.

That’s very true, those two commitments certainly do epitomize the program. Last two questions. First, what’s your favorite quote?

“The past is never dead, it’s not even past.” – William Faulkner

And last one, what are you currently reading?

“A Miracle, A Universe: Settling Accounts with Tortures” by Lawrence Weschler

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