esmeraldaherrera

Age:
Home Town: Bronx, New York
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics
Specific Field Interests: International Development, Human Rights Law
Placement: Project Potential, Thakurganj, Bihar
Area of Focus: Education

Highlights: A first-generation American, born and raised in the South Bronx, New York, Esmeralda is a graduate of Reed College with a Bachelor’s in Linguistics and a minor in International Relations. A recipient of the Princeton in Asia fellowship, the Benjamin Gilman scholarship and the highly competitive Humanity in Action fellowship, Esmeralda has traveled to China for an intense language immersion program and to Amsterdam to study international human rights. Esmeralda recently worked for a social enterprise where she created immersive programs utilizing experiential education theories and activities in order to empower youth leaders of tomorrow in Indonesia, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Vietnam. She utilized her previous work as a Student Support Specialist where she used social work practices and methods to help at-risk youth find different successful life options and improving educational outcomes for diverse communities. She has experience in identifying and implementing community and system improvements, interventions, managing non-profit, and institutional partnerships. Esmeralda spends her time volunteering with numerous organizations by conducting and counseling people through HIV testing, conducting homeless youth advocacy, and tackling the education gap. Esmeralda is a compassionate and thoughtful humanitarian, she is a determined and collaborative leader who believes in justice, equity, respect, community, and hope. She believes in the exchange of ideas in order to connect communities, for growth and most importantly for learning. In her spare time, you can find her dancing, in the gym or hanging out with loved ones.

Posts by esmeraldaherrera

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The Power of Educating Women: MANSI’s Sahiyas

It’s not news that by educating girls we can uplift an entire country and, one […]

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Breaking the Bihari Stereotype: The Entrepreneur

It wasn’t until I began traveling throughout India that I learned the immense stereotypes that […]

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Breaking the Bihari Stereotype: The Community Mobilizer

Many of today’s youth in Bihar are often said to be “na ghar ka hai, […]

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Breaking the Bihari Stereotype: The Artisan

India is home to the world’s largest population of the poor, most of whom reside […]

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Misunderstood: The Bronx, Bihar, Stereotypes, and Cardi B

I work in Bihar, India. When I say that out loud to folks who ask […]

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Feminist Outreach in Rural Bihar

Women from the Project Potential and its participants with whom I’ve engaged and created relationships […]

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Mud and Bamboo Houses are Proving Our Stereotypes of Poverty Wrong

I like sleeping outside, right underneath the bamboo rooftop on the balcony, falling asleep to […]

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Defining Entrepreneurship in Rural Bihar

In rural Bihar, the more educated you are, the more likely you are to be […]

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