GU Impacts Fellow
Graduation Year: 2023
School: Walsh School of Foreign Service
Degree/Major: B.S. in Foreign Service, Science, Technology, & International Affairs
GU Impacts Partnership: Center for Civic Innovation
Why are you interested in GU Impacts? I am interested in GU Impacts because I am eager to explore the intersection between social impact and community-based organizations. Oftentimes, social impact is solely viewed through the lens of large intervention programs from a top-down approach but I am eager to work with the Center for Civic Innovation to explore how bottom-up approaches and human-centered design improves the quality of social impact programs. I am also eager to work with my fellow GU Impacts Fellows on understanding social impact and looking forward to learning and growing alongside them.
What issues are you most passionate about working on to create social impact? I am passionate about specifically the role of technology in social impact. Technology in the past few decades has become integral to our day-to-day lives. Understanding how technology can bridge divides rather than create more divides is critical in social impact. I am eager to understand how we can leverage new technologies in maximizing social impact specifically for groups that have been left outside of the fold in technological development.
Who inspires you and why? Greta Thunberg inspires me specifically because of her relentless pursuit of change even in the face of demographic (age) and institutional barriers. She teaches us all how to be persistent in pushing for what is right and what is just even if those who came before us or those who are making our laws are not able to do so. In emphasizing her bottom-up approach, she is driving impact from the ground up rather than waiting for government policy to create climate change policy from the top down. Her dedication to grassroots social impact efforts is important and needed in the gridlocked politics of today.