Josh Bruno, LASMA 2016, has accepted a position with the humanitarian NGO Mercy Corps as Assistant Program Officer for the organization’s activities in Latin America, including Colombia, Guatemala, and Haiti, with expansion envisioned for El Salvador and Peru. While a student in the Latin American Studies M.A. program in the Pardee School for Global Studies at Boston University, Josh was named the first Margaret & Robert Pastor Graduate Assistant Fellow at the Carter Center’s Latin American Program.
At first, I thought it was my dog the one making the bed shake, but then it got stronger. We moved to the door, just like we were taught in school. I wanted it to stop, but the light bulb hanging from the ceiling kept moving faster and faster. Having grown-up in the Andes region, I’ve faced many tremors throughout my life. However, this has been by far the worst; it was a really long one too.
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ANA AGUILERA (CAS ’14) was an LASP and Global Health graduate student who travelled to Peru on an LASP Grant. The grant supported her during a four-month internship, from January to May 2014, with Grounds for Health, an NGO that works to create sustainable cervical cancer prevention and treatment programs for rural coffee-growing communities.
“Through this experience, I was able to conduct a qualitative analysis of the services they provide to women in the remote province of Jaen. Additionally, I will be using this experience to inform a policy analysis that examines the institutional barriers present in the Ministry of Health that prevent the region-wide implementation of Visual Inspection with Acetic Acid (VIA) screenings and Cryotherapy treatments in low-resource settings.”
DINA NAVAR (CAS ’08) was a Latin American Studies and Political Science double major who participated in both our Peru and the Argentina Study Abroad summer programs. She graduated cum laude from BU in 2008. She has recently completed three years of service in Costa Rica as a Peace Corps Volunteer in rural community development and as a Peace Corps staff member responsible for training more recent volunteers in the community development field there. Dina is currently in the process of applying to law school with the goal of working in the area of public interest law issues concerning family and community.
“I work with the Climate Reality Leadership Corps, a part of the Climate Reality Project, which was founded by former Vice President Al Gore to educate people around the world about the climate crisis. Each year we hold two trainings in various locations across the globe to help up to 1500 people to become Climate Leaders. These Climate Leaders then return to their communities where they give presentations to their networks, spreading truth and changing the conversation about climate change. We also conduct other campaigns that promote placing a price on carbon as a solution to the climate crisis. My tasks include copy-writing, mass mailings, newsletters, tracking Climate Reality Leader actions and campaigns, and assisting with international and domestic trainings.”