Carlos Gonzalez Sierra

Columbia, PA

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Netherlands Netherlands 2014


Originally from the Dominican Republic and raised in the United States, Carlos Adolfo Gonzalez Sierra is a passionate activist and scholar. His commitment to social justice is rooted in his experience living in the United States undocumented. After graduating from community college, Carlos transferred to Amherst College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies. He completed an MPhil in Latin American Studies from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom as a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Presently, he is finishing a Master of Arts in Management of Global Affairs as a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University in China. He has worked as a community organizer in Chicago, IL, as a Lantos-Humanity in Action Congressional fellow in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC, and as an Employment Specialist at Church World Service in Lancaster, PA. Prior to commencing his graduate studies, he helped organize Pennsylvania’s first statewide gathering of undocumented youth and led advocacy efforts for the Pennsylvania DREAM Act. He has also written several Op-Eds that challenge policies that unjustly target people of color in the New York Times, Mitu, and The Conversation. He has also been invited to speak at several statewide, national, and international conferences on the topic of minority rights. His life story will be featured in a forthcoming CNBC documentary. His research interests include transnational citizenship, electoral clientelism, and Sino-Latin American relations.


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