The Global Poverty Peer Advisors and our faculty mentors at the graduation ceremony
The past week was full of celebrations and goodbyes as I graduated from UC Berkeley, packed up my things, and flew back home to DC for a few short days to get ready for Guatemala. Before heading out on a red-eye last Thursday evening, I spent my last few hours in California at the Global Poverty and Practice graduation celebration, and I could not imagine a more perfect way to round out my four years at Berkeley. The Global Poverty and Practice minor has been my home and my family for the past three years, and I honestly do not know where I would be today if it wasn’t for the faculty, staff, and other students in the minor. I was even selected as one of the keynote student speakers at the ceremony, and I had the opportunity to share a few words about just how much the Global Poverty minor has meant to me, and how it has shaped my Berkeley experience and my passion for international development and poverty alleviation.
Speaking at the ceremony was such an honor, such a rush, and probably one of my proudest moments. I spoke about the challenges of international development work, how each of us has (and will continue to) struggle to find our own roles within development, and how even though we have all certainly contributed to the rampant economic inequality that plagues our world today, we do not have to be innocent bystanders, and its up to us – as development practitioners, students, or even just as citizens – to use the tools that the minor has provided us to as we go on now into the “real world.” As soon as I get my hands on the video of my speech, I’ll post it here, along with the full text!