Valeria Al-Khatib

2016-2017 MCN Fellow | Undergraduate University: Regis College | Studies: Political Science and Communications | Place of Origin: Puerto Rico

"I always knew I had a passion for social impact and advocacy, but I never knew just how strong these goals were- until now. Since I began college I engaged on a wide variety of campus activities that ultimately strengthened my goals to work for social impact. Not too long after this realization, I found an opportunity to begin my work through Amnesty International.

I started a chapter of Amnesty at my university in hopes to get other students who were passionate about social impact, like me, interested in human rights advocacy.

As an Amnesty chapter, our main concern is to protect human rights to the best of our ability whether that be abroad or at home. In our chapter we have focused a lot on the rights of refugees and undocumented immigrants since it has been a contested and relevant topic in the past several months. Our primary objective is to educate our community so that we can all work together to protect the rights of those who are in need of protection and a voice.

Ultimately, my goal is to pursue a career where I can advocate for those that need it most. It is my hope to gain the necessary knowledge, education, and means to serve as a defender of human rights and moral legislation. I plan to attend law school and build on the skills that I learned as an MCN Fellow to accomplish my aforementioned goals. MCN has been integral to my personal and professional growth. I'll always be grateful for MCN as it has allowed me to grow my network connections and gain applicable skills for the nonprofit world; it's opened my eyes to the many ways that one can become involved in social impact."

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