Diana Estrella (Dominican Republic), is an undergraduate student in Peace & Conflict Studies and Modern Language Spanish major. During 2012, Estrella travelled to Costa Rica to attend the University for Peace for four-week seminar on “Peace Education, Leadership and Sustainable Development”. While studying in Costa Rica, Estrella also volunteered at the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation, La Carpio, San Jose. During the 2012 Dominican Presidential Elections, Estrella works as an observer and following the Venezuela Parliamentary election, she volunteered at local non-profit organizations.
After she graduates, she would like to continue her studies and pursue different options such as mediation, intercultural diplomacy, human rights advocacy, a Law degree, dispute resolution / negotiation, and promotion of diversity and equality. The topics she is most passionate about in her studies at UMass Lowell are human rights in Latin America, furthermore indigenous rights and the economy development of the region. There are many obstacles ahead, but she remains optimistic about applying Peace & Conflict Studies knowledge to the social injustices in the region. She is currently an advocacy intern at Cultural Survival in Cambridge MA, where she helps research, write reports for the United Nations, as well as other advocacy work regarding indigenous groups worldwide, although she specializes in the Latin American region.