Class of 2020
Specializations: Gender and development, education and promoting women and girls’ social movements
Hometown: East Los Angeles, CA
Bio: Rocío graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Political Science & Latin American Studies. Her junior year, Rocío studied abroad at the University of Cordoba in Spain taking comparative politics and explored revolutionary movements between Europe and the Americas. She is of Mexican descent and her Spanish language skills have taken her to intern at the Mexican Embassy in Washington, D.C. and serving as a Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) intern at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico focusing on trade, economy and education. Rocío’s passion for gender equality and education access for girls has led her to volunteer and now work for the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up initiative. In her job, she works directly with youth who are advocating and fundraising for United Nations programs impacting adolescent girls. With Girl Up, she has traveled to Ethiopia to visit UNHCR’s girl refugee programs, to Guatemala to visit UNICEF’s education and sexual reproductive rights programs for indigenous girls and helps lead annual Girls STEAM Camps in countries like Peru, Malawi, Namibia and the Republic of Georgia. Rocío likes to dance, play basketball and attend concerts.
Research Area – Substantive: Gender and development, education and promoting women and girls’ social movements.