EN VOZ ALTA 

Latinas are woefully underrepresented in national security—but we are working to change that. En Voz Alta pairs Latina mentors and allies from the peace and security community with early-career professionals and students attending undergraduate and graduate school in the U.S. to help strengthen the pipeline of candidates entering the field.

 Mentee Program Details 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

En Voz Alta pairs Latina mentors and allies from the peace and security community with early-career professionals and students in undergraduate/graduate school in the U.S for a full calendar year. Based on your expressed career goals and interests, your mentor will help you visualize your studies and early career. Additional programming will be geared to support your professional development.

 

A guideline of expectations to get the most of your experience: 

 

  • Plan for monthly check-ins with your mentor 

  • Attend monthly virtual workshops including salary negotiations, resume/cover letter basics, interview best practices, & more! 

  • Join your mentor for at least one virtual/in-person event

  • Participate in virtual mentee orientation & monthly group check-ins with the Program Coordinator 

  • Join seasonal virtual social opportunities with fellow mentors and mentees 

  • Connect with the program alum via a listserv where career opportunities are periodically shared  

 

REQUIREMENTS

  • Identify as Hispanic/Latina/Latin American

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

  • Can commit to monthly meetings with a mentor and the Program Coordinator from January 2022 to December 2022 

  • Interested in learning more about a career in peace and security work and meeting new people!

 Mentor Program Details 

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

En Voz Alta pairs Latina mentors and allies from the peace and security community with early-career professionals and students in undergraduate/graduate school in the U.S for a full calendar year. Based on the mentee’s career goals and interests, as a mentor, you will help them visualize their studies and early careers. Additional programming will be geared to support their professional development.

 

A guideline of expectations to get the most of your experience: 

 

  • Plan for monthly check-ins with your mentee 

  • If available, volunteer to lead a session of choice for the mentee program. Possible topics include resume/cover letter basics, interview best practices, research 101, intro to cybersecurity, and more! 

  • Join your mentee for at least one virtual/in-person event

  • Participate in virtual mentor orientation

  • Join seasonal virtual social opportunities with fellow mentors and mentees 

  • Connect with the program alum via a listserv where career opportunities are periodically shared  

 

REQUIREMENTS

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

  • Commit to monthly meetings with a mentee from January to December 

  • Interested in supporting young professionals learn more about a career in peace and security work and meeting new people!

2021 PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS

Mentors

Liudmila Batista

U.S. Department of Justice

Trial Attorney, Office of International Affairs (Criminal Div.)

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Natalia Cote Muñoz

U.S. Department of State

Policy Planning Staff

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Missy Reif

National Democratic Institute

Program Officer

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Inkstick

Founder, Editor, & CEO

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Juliana Urrego

National Democratic Institute

Program Assistant

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John Pope

ReThink Media

Senior Communications Associate

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Mariana Sánchez Ramírez

(Former) The Wilson Center

Program Coordinator/ Communications Analyst

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Emma Bates

CSIS

Research Assoicate

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Laura Rivas

CSIS

Reconnecting Asia

Program Researcher

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Derek Johnson

Global Zero

Chief Executive Officer

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U.S. Department of State

Civil Service (Personal Capacity)

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DC Hub at N Square Collaborative

Director

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Paloma Gonzales

U.S. Department of State

Foreign Affairs Officer

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Nury Gambarrotti

U.S. Senate

 Committee on Foreign Relations Legislative & Policy Analyst

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Adina Pintilie

Ridgeway Information (UK)

Researcher

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Sofia Lalinde

The Dialogue

Program Associate, Special

Projects & External Relations

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Maggie Angel

U.S. Senate

Foreign Policy Legislative Aide

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Maria Antonia Montes

U.S. Institute of Peace

Program Officer

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Eugenia Lostri

CSIS

Research Associate, Strategic Technologies Program

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Marion Messmer

BASIC

Co-Director

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Cecili Thompson Williams

Beyond the Bomb

Executive Director

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Isabel Romero

U.S. Department of State

Security Program Manager

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Guidehouse

Monitoring And Evaluation Consultant, National Security

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Francisco Bencosme

U.S. Department of State

Senior Advisor to the Acting Assistant Secretary at the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Bureau

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Juliana Urrego

National Democratic Institute

Program Assistant

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Mentees

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Angie Chermanz Monroy

Georgetown University

Graduate Student

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Ariqa Herrera

Johns Hopkins, SAIS

Graduate Student

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Ashley Justynski

Texas A&M, Bush School

Graduate Student

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Carolina Andrada

Georgetown University

Graduate Student

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Christina Manzanares

George Washington University

Recent Graduate School Graduate

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Deisy Gomez

San Francisco State University

Undergraduate

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Elizabeth Preciado

Loyola University

Graduate Student

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Eva Colon

Syracuse University

Graduate Student

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Fatima Rahman

Case Western Reserve University

Undergraduate Student

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Genesis Romero

George Washington University

Graduate Student

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Isabel Martinez

Catholic University of America

Recent Graduate

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George Washington University

Undergraduate

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Madeline Molina

Washington University in St. Louis

Undergraduate

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Maria Isabel L. G. Sonet

University of Notre Dame

Recent Graduate School Graduate

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Michel Ruiz-Fuentes

Smith College

Undergraduate

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Nicole Duque

George Washington University

Undergraduate

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Perla Echeverria

San Diego State University

Undergraduate

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Ruth Diaz

Rice University

Graduate Student

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Sabine Truyol

Texas A&M, Bush School

Graduate Student

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Samantha Aruiza

U.C. Santa Barbara

Undergraduate

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Sol Halle

University of Arkansas

Undergraduate

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Sophia Fernandez

San Francisco State University

Undergraduate

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Valerrie Craig

San Francisco State University

Undergraduate

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Valery Valdez Pinto

American University

Graduate Student

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Elena Johnson Lafferty

University of Oregon

Recent Graduate

 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. 

Thank you!

The Janelia Foundation 

Pentagon Budget Campaign

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