Diana Noemi Chavez
Home Town: Chicago, Illinois
Education: B.A. in Sociology (DePaul University)
Specific Field Interests: Youth Development and Global Civic Engagement
Placement: Broadleaf India, Darjeeling, West Bengal
Area of Focus: Public Health
Highlights: Diana graduated from DePaul University receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a Concentration in Law, Crime and Criminology, and a minor in Psychology. She went on to join the United States Peace Corps as a Teacher Collaborator and Community Service Volunteer, and was placed in a rural village in the Nakhon Ratchasima province of Thailand. During her service, Diana worked collaboratively to build capacity for four English Thai teachers, implemented a youth leadership club, and organized over five youth development programs such as sexual reproductive health camps, English camps, and leadership camps. She also implemented a regional GLOW/BROS (Girls Leading Our World and Boys Respecting Others and Self) camp by writing a grant and receiving and managing grant funding from First Lady, Michelle Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” initiative. Previous work experience include working for an NGO in Chicago’s Jail as a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) Intern, where Diana assisted incarcerated students in obtaining their GED by improving their academic skills, and working as a paralegal where she managed two bankruptcy law offices with an assigned attorney. She also participated in a leadership and civic engagement program with Northwestern University, where she worked with a group of gifted high school students in service learning. Through her experiences, Diana hopes to apply her skills to the AIF Clinton Fellowship by providing youth with the opportunity to reach their full potential.