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CHCI-Toyota Intern
Hometown: North Bergen, New Jersey
School: Harvard College
Major: Psychology
Placement: The Office of Rep. Veronica Escobar

Silvana was born and raised in North Bergen, New Jersey to parents who immigrated to the United States from Colombia. As a first-generation Latina, Silvana acknowledges the importance of having people who you can relate to in positions that incite change. She served as the Director of Operations for the Latina Empowerment and Development Conference where she had the opportunity to highlight powerful, ambitious Latinas who are making a change and creating space for underrepresented communities.

Silvana is currently a sophomore at Harvard University studying Women, Gender, and Sexuality studies with a secondary on Psychology. Her studies focus on how the intersectionality of race, gender, and socioeconomic status impacts an individual’s experience in society. Silvana also serves as the President of Fuerza Latina, an organization on campus that is dedicated to fostering a community as well as advocating and promoting awareness of issues that impact Latinx students at large. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, Silvana hopes to earn a J.D degree with an emphasis on human rights and immigration law. Her ultimate career goal is to be a practicing lawyer who champions for voices unlistened to and unacknowledged.

As a CHCI Intern, Silvana hopes to gain an understanding of how public policy can be implemented to serve underrepresented, underprivileged communities.