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Sofia Rivera ’18

Sofia Rivera ’18, born and raised in Puerto Rico, majors in international relations and minors in American politics. In addition to serving as the membership director for the College Democrats of Massachusetts, she is a Department of State virtual intern with the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, where she researches migration trends and human rights abuses in the region. She also interns with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a grassroots organization that focuses on building power at the local, state and federal levels. Rivera previously worked with the American Foreign Service Association as their awards and outreach intern and served as a legislative intern for both U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush of Illinois and Luis Vega Ramos, a member of the Puerto Rican House of Representatives. Rivera wishes to continue a career in public service and community engagement after graduation. One of her favorite quotes is by Shirley Chisholm: “If they don’t give you a seat at the table, bring a folding chair.”

Recent Posts

March 27, 2018

A passion for politics, public service

January 12, 2018, was a day of surreal delight that will be ingrained in my soul forever. Here’s why.

On this day, I served as a translator to seven members of the Massachusetts delegation, including Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, during their visit to the Hospital del Niño in Puerto Rico to assess the inadequate federal disaster response to Hurricane Maria. I also had the opportunity to tell this group about Mount Holyoke College, and how it has changed my life and my trajectory in more ways than I ever expected. My voice was shaking, my cheeks were numb from smiling and my tongue felt heavy with feelings. (Thats me in the white shirt, in the photos above.)