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Wally Gallart

Hometown

Miami, Florida

Education

B.A. in Latin American Studies, Minor in Communication and Journalism, Magna Cum Laude. The University of New Mexico.

Interests

Costa Rica, Central America, Brazil, Colombia, Democracy, Politics, Urban and Social Change, Human Rights, Economic Inequality, Drugs, Crime, and Policy.

Experience

During his time as an undergraduate at the University of New Mexico, he was fortunate enough to participate in various study abroad experiences that cultivated and formed a greater understanding of Latin America. In 2017, he spent one academic year at the Universidad de Costa Rica, where he studied historical contexts in Central America and the political processes that formulated the current states in the region. In 2018, he was fortunate enough to participate in a faculty-led program at the Universidad del Cauca in Colombia. Here he helped review the Colombian Peace Process and analyzed the effects of violence on marginalized communities, and the cultural and linguistic preservation of the Nasa-Yuwe communities in the region. In 2019, he was awarded the Foreign Language and Areas Studies (FLAS) fellowship. Granting him the opportunity to spend that summer studying at the Pontifica Universidade Católica de São Paulo in Brazil. Here, he was involved in a rigorous program focused on language development in Portuguese. As well as, the study of historical and contemporary issues in Brazil. While at the University of Florida, he hopes to develop his skills as a scholar and professional to confront the various challenges facing the region. He hopes to become involved in the movement for greater change in the region. He will be specializing in Crime, Law, and Governance in the Americas.

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