University: Yale University
Major: Economics and Global Affairs
Languages: Chinese, French
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Biography: Liana is a double major in Economics and Global Affairs at Yale University, where she is also a member of the Schell Center’s Multidisciplinary Academic Program in Human Rights. Originally from Houston, she is glad for the support and sacrifices of her immigrant parents, who taught her the importance of hard work, resilience, and empathy.
Driven by her low-income background and a firm belief in equal opportunity, she is interested in economic growth and poverty alleviation. She has worked in various capacities for the U.S. House of Representatives, the Asylum Seekers Advocacy Project, the European Commission, and the UNCHR. Her studies, research, and work have taken her to countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe, where she has focused on poverty and inequality, which she believes are pressing contemporary obstacles to human rights protection. She is especially interested in the response of local economies to conflict and migration, and how we can translate successful economic growth into better societal welfare and stronger communities. In the future, she hopes to pursue a career shaping both market forces and public institutions for a better world.
Currently, Liana is a co-director of the Lowenstein Project, a pro bono group supporting human rights and public interest NGOs founded in 1981. In addition, she is the Vice President of the Peace and Dialogue Leadership Initiative, which seeks to engage top military and civilian students in conversation about the U.S. role in the Middle East. At Yale, she is a member of the Yale College Student Advisory Committee, which works with the administration to address campus issues, and a columnist for the Yale Daily News. In her spare time, she enjoys writing, running, and the outdoors.