Fall 2017 Enseña Chile Development Advisory Team
The Fall 2017 Development Advisory Team consists of four Notre Dame undergraduates who respectively have expertise in Economics, Applied Mathematics, Political Science, Business, and have practical experience working in the education sector and studying in Chile and across Latin America. We are excited and humbled by the opportunity to work with you to attract more experienced professionals. We look forward to a fruitful collaboration!
Hello, my name is Madeline Coole and I am a Junior majoring in International Economics with Spanish and I have minors in International Development Studies and German. I come from Overland Park, Kansas but I have studied abroad in Berlin, Germany and worked with the social business Social Entrepreneur Corps in Quetzaltenango “Xela”, Guatemala. Whether through interacting with migrant communities in Berlin who speak little to no English and German to consulting educational nonprofits in Xela, I saw how education is an incredible tool for empowerment particularly for disadvantaged groups. At school, I am on the leadership team for the Human Development Conference, the largest student-run conference on campus; I will be a consultant for the Student International Business Council and a consultant for PAKTA, a student-run consulting project with Latin America. I am currently in a class on the Economics of Education and I am crafting a research proposal around preschool programs that promote non-cognitive skill acquisition in Chile. I look forward to working with you all!
Hola. I am Matthew Kubasak, a senior double majoring in ACMS (applied mathematics) and Political Science. I grew up in San Diego, California and spent a significant amount of time volunteering at a soccer organization in a heavily Latino neighborhood, later returning to volunteer in a Boys and Girls Club in the same area. I studied abroad in Chile in the fall of my Junior year, and took a Poverty and Development class there with a service component that put me into contact with a variety of people inside Chile, particularly in the youth care industry. I have worked with mathematics doing oceanography research at UCSD, and have done work at a strategic marketing firm in Los Angeles. I hope to eventually apply my analytical and strategic specialties to meaningful work, starting with work with your organization this fall.
Hi, my name is Cristina Heredia and I am a senior majoring in Management Consulting with a minor in Philosophy. I was born and raised in Guatemala, where I have always been very involved in development projects and activities. For more than three years I worked with Valle de Los Angeles, an orphanage in Guatemala that provides primary and secondary education, where I was able to experience first hand how education is the basis of development. This belief is what made me decide to leave home and come to Notre Dame and receive the best possible education.
I am currently working on a research proposal involving the relationship between the private and public sectors within the context of development projects. I hope to be able to apply the knowledge I’ve gained these four years and contribute to the development of our world.
I am really looking forward to working with Enseña Chile and being able to collaborate with the organization’s mission!
Hi! My name is Daniela and I am currently a senior at ND majoring in Information Technology Management and Political Science. I was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil where I had the opportunity to work with TETO (TECHO) funding and recruitment of college and high school students to participate in the constructions as well as volunteer in the office. With TETO, not only I was able to first understand recruitment strategies for nonprofits, but also learned a lot about youth activism in Santiago and how TECHO was founded.. While living in Sao Paulo, I also founded a nonprofit in my local area called Projeto Aprender, which provides education for adults seeking a high school degree - this experience was my first exposure to the education sector and taught me the value of quality education, as well as its ability to empower others. At Notre Dame, I was able to develop an understanding of the institutional level of nonprofits - most importantly, how can they be sustainable both financially and strategically. In addition, I am fluent in Spanish and have been to Chile several times - my family has strong connections there and one of my roommates at ND is from Santiago! I am excited to be part of this team and hope to use my experience and network to help Enseña Chile develop a recruitment strategy that focuses on increasing the participation rate of young professionals!