EN VOZ ALTA

We know that a comprehensive national security posture emphasizing diplomacy, reducing the threat of nuclear weapons, and reining in military spending is the most effective way to protect the American people. We also know that women are key to solving our nation's toughest challenges. Latinas are woefully underrepresented in national security—but we are working to change that. The En Voz Alta program pairs Latina mentors from the peace and security community with early-career professionals and students from local universities.

Spring 2020 cohort

Mentors

Elvia Valle

U.S. Department of State

Foreign Service Officer

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Maria Antonia Montes

US Institute of Peace (USIP)

Senior Program Specialist

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Mariana Sánchez Ramírez

The Wilson Center

Communications and Publications Coordinator, Canada Institute

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Gimena Sánchez Garzoli

WOLA

Director for the Andes

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Nury Gambarrotti

Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Legislative Aide

Karim Kamel

Carnegie Corporation of NY

Program Analyst

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Leo Cruz

National Security Action

Associate Director of Communications and Campaigns

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Sofia Lalinde

Inter-American Dialogue

Program Assistant, Conferences & Special Projects

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Maria Robayo

U.S. House of Representatives

Legislative Correspondent

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Mentees

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Brenda Lopez

Georgetown University

Graduate Student

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Tori Mullenix

American University

Graduate Student

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Briggitte Suastegui

American University

Graduate Student

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Karla Munoz

American University

Graduate Student

Alejandra Gonzalez

National Security Action

Policy Coordinator

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Liza Maria Arias

Fullbright, Scoville

Former Fellow

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Amanda Quesada

US House of Representatives

Graduate Student

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Carolyn Mejia

American University

Undergraduate Student

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Amanda Lau

American University

Graduate Stugent

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Elissa Teles Munoz

American University

Undergraduate

Orientation

We kicked the year off right by coming together to meet, mingle, and learn about the exciting program components En Voz Alta offers throughout the year. 

Mentors

YOUR IMPACT

  • Propel curious minds into the field of peace and security

  • Help students fully understand what it takes to land a job 

  • Serve as the mentor you needed when you were a student

 

​REQUIREMENTS​

  • Works in peace and security (nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation, defense, national security, arms control, diplomacy, conflict resolution, or related field)

  • Committed to lifting up voices of underrepresented populations in peace and security

  • Can commit to four meetings with your mentee

Mentees

BENEFITS

  • Full-day workshop with sessions including building your professional profile, Pentagon budget 101, writing op-eds, and salary negotiation

  • Experience a day in the life of your mentor by shadowing them at work

  • Join your mentor at least one networking event

  • Monthly check-ins with your mentor

  • Orientation lunch and final luncheon with mentors

  • Access to closed LinkedIn group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Identify as Hispanic/Latina

  • Recent or current undergraduate or graduate student studying international relations, national security, government, or related field

Partners

En Voz Alta partners are committed to building a world where peace and security reign. They know that in order to make that a reality, we must include all voices at the table.

For more information or to become a partner, email Andrea Pimentel, apimentel@wand.org.

Applications for the next cohort

will open open in the Fall!

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