Gabriella Silva is the Spring 2019 Education Assistant. She is a current student at the University of Hartford and majors in International Studies and Economics. In her free time, Gabriella serves as president of the Hispanic & Latino Student Association at UHart and dances in a Portuguese folklore group.
1. When and why did you first show interest in global affairs?
My interest in global affairs began in high school when I competed in CTWAC’s Model United Nations. My social studies teacher recommended I participate due to my ability to articulate arguments well. While I enjoyed the debate aspect of MUN, I also came to love the issues we studied. My interest progressed further when I entered college.
2. Do you have a particular area of interest within global affairs?
I currently attend University of Hartford as a double major in International Studies and Economics. As a result of my majors, I have taken many classes relevant to development economics, especially focusing on development of the third world. Being that part of my family comes originally from El Salvador, I am particularly interested in the development of Latin America.
3. What do you do at CTWAC?
I am currently the Education Programs Intern for CTWAC. As a part of my role, I am assisting in preparation for the Model UN Conference in December.
4. What do you do in your free time?
In my free time, I serve as president of the Hispanic & Latino Student Association at the University of Hartford. I also dance in a Portuguese folklore group out of the Portuguese Club of Hartford.
5. Why do you think that global engagement is important?
I think that global engagement is important because in today’s modern world, we are all intertwined regardless of what country we live in. I firmly believe in the concept of cosmopolitanism and as a result I think it is necessary that we understand affairs within and between countries. Every action we take as a nation has a larger effect on even people that live across the globe.
6. Do you have any tips on how to get involved in global affairs?
People often underestimate the power of social media as an educational tool. While most people use sites such as Twitter and Facebook primarily for entertainment, they are an important source for news as well. I recommend following sources that give both conservative and liberal viewpoints in order to have a rounded perspective of current events.