I'm fascinated by illicit markets: both in terms of products and labors. There are so many things in our lives that we cannot control, and yet we develop rules, and societal understandings to create some sort of atmosphere of control. Illicit markets are fascinating to me because they represent a society where rules are made by the players, and the nature of these markets exists silently in the background of our everyday lives. I am a full time University Student, currently studying at Yale, and I am majoring in Political Science (essentially, I study Latin America, the drug wars, and migration). In my spare time I write articles about narcotics control, read everything I can find on the drug markets in Mexico and the US, develop policy platforms for the alderman campaign that I am currently working on, run rallies and efforts in New Haven as part of the immigrant rights group I am apart of, and I speak out against violence in all contexts. I live each day with passion and excitement, I live for conversations that change the way that I look at things, and I love people with interesting stories to share. As an immigrant, I know what it means to come from a web of different places. I get the most pleasure from bringing my different worlds together, drinking tea on rainy days, and talking to my friends and classmates about the situation in Mexico.
Germanic based languages, Latin American politics, policies and history, urban planning, sculpture, Mexican food, new design, the Drug wars, Kandinsky, Immigration, Tea
As a student, I see too many people who live their lives purely the way the think that they are "supposed to." Excuse my french, but what the hell does that mean? The job market is constantly changing, standard issue jobs are disappearing, and still so many people around me obsessed with making it to the next step. Asking their parents if they can do things like write for the Yale Daily News. I want to foster a culture of creativity here on campus and around my city that encourage people to be different. In real terms, I want to bring back public art. I want to give people a chance to come together and create and express anything and everything they are thinking and feeling because they want to. I want to use public spaces in the city to pain murals and tell stories about the people who live here and what it means to them to be a part of this city and this community. I want to see people who CARE and ENJOY what they are doing, because it means something to them. I want them to create.
Languages, Design, Color, Urban Planning, Mexico, the Mafia, Illicit Markets, Youth Gangs, Boston
Accents, Skating, Sculpture, Dancing
I'm the founder and curator of TEDxYale and an active member of the TEDx community.
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