karla reyes diaz
University: Columbia University
Major: International Relations & Latino Studies
Biography: I was born into cultural and racial tension in San Juan, Puerto Rico to an immigrant Dominican mother. As a child I battled between identifying as Puerto Rican, Dominican, and American. I was never fully either one. Switching identities and experiencing racial tensions in the Latino community ignited a fascination within me for the way different cultures interact.
Today, I explore my passion as a first year planning to major in International Relations and minoring in Latino Studies at Columbia University. I pursue my passions in a nonacademic setting as a peer facilitator in ROOTEd, where we foster group conversations regarding racism, sexism, and classism among other social struggles. I am also on the Executive Board of Grupo Quisqueyano, a student organization at Columbia University that represents and pays tribute to the presence of Dominican students, Dominican heritage and culture on both Columbia and Barnard campuses' and the broader New York community. I am responsible for delegating responsibilities and supervising the progress, logistics, and execution of on and off-campus cultural events. In my free time I love to express what can’t be articulated verbally by drawing.