2020-2021 CHCI-Chevron Public Policy Fellow
Hometown: Duncanville, Texas
School: University of North Texas
Degree: B.A. in International Studies
Placement One: The Brookings Institution Foreign Policy Program
Jhoalmo Sibrian attended Tarrant County College as a first-generation college student before transferring to the University of North Texas (UNT). At UNT, he received a scholarship from the Terry Foundation Transfer Scholar program and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies specializing in Latin America, Europe, and Security and Diplomacy. As a native of El Salvador, Jhoalmo has experienced the challenges immigrants face when coming to the United States and dedicates his time to advocate and work on behalf of vulnerable populations, including students, refugees, and immigrants.
As an undergraduate student, Jhoalmo served in various leadership positions, including Vice President of Service, mentor, teacher, advocate, coordinator, language translator, and team leader in different student and non-profit organizations. His struggles as a Latino in the United States motivated him to serve others challenged by cultural, linguistic, financial, and systematic barriers. This exposure led to his passion for intercultural exchange and public service. After graduation, Jhoalmo represented the United States as an English Teaching Assistant through the Fulbright Program in Colombia for two years. While in Colombia, Jhoalmo also supported Venezuelan refugees by collaborating with community partners on social projects to provide food, healthcare, legal advice, and professional development classes.
As a CHCI Public Policy Fellow, Jhoalmo hopes to gain valuable insight into the intersection between domestic policy and foreign relations. He hopes to add to his knowledge of public policy to influence people’s lives from vulnerable communities positively.