2020-2021 Fellows

For the 2020-21 academic year, CIR has selected twenty-five incredible students from across Northern New Mexico to participate in our flagship High School Fellowship Program. Twice a month, Fellows meet via Zoom to learn about crucial global topics and regions of the world. The Fellows now also participate in the Photo Exchange project that includes students from across the United States and internationally. Two of Santa Fe’s Sister Cities (Bukhara, Uzbekistan and Livingstone, Zambia) are also participating in this project. Finally, Fellows are also working together to produce a digital conference in the spring of 2021 (in April or May). Fellows will choose the theme, topics, and coordinate speakers. 



Albuquerque High School

My name is Agustin and I am a senior at Albuquerque High School. I was born in Quito, Ecuador; being a Hispanic and Latino immigrant is an integral part of my identity. I am passionate about environmentalism, social justice, debate, and public speaking. If I am not in class or swim practice, you can probably catch me at one of my many extracurricular activities. My ultimate career goal is to become an engineer with at least a master's degree. 


mandela international magnet school

My name is Amelia. I am a freshman at Mandela International Magnet School in Santa Fe. I enjoy reading, acting, singing, and spending time with my friends and family. I am interested in pursuing law as a career once I graduate, but am also very interested in international politics. I love getting to know different people and cultures and studying new languages. I want to make a difference in the world and change it for the better and I believe that this fellowship will help me do that.  


santa fe high school

My name is Ami, and I’m a returning CIR Fellow. I’m 15 years old and am going into my sophomore year at Santa Fe High School. I’m interested in engineering and the arts, and love an adventure. I’m also a big fan of the outdoors and wild critters. I’m excited to have the opportunity to get to know everyone here! 


Moriarty High School

I am Angelica, a junior at Moriarty High School. I am a proud first-generation Mexican- American and am bilingual in both English and Spanish. Although I am interested in foreign affairs, I would like to become a nano or genetic engineer. This year I hope to see a whole new perspective of the world through the CIR Fellowship.   


Menaul School

My name is Anistacia, or Ani for short. I am currently a sophomore at Menaul School, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. I am a runway and print model, and a Ballet Folklorico Dancer. At school I am involved in Model UN, and I am a multi-sport athlete. I enjoy learning about the world and how it is ever changing. After graduating I plan on studying biotechnology, but I also plan on being a strong advocate for those who do not really have a voice. I am so excited for this opportunity and I can't wait to learn.


the ask academy

I am a senior at The ASK Academy in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. I have always had a passion for STEM and aeronautics in particular since I was a kid. However, a new interest in international studies and politics has grown since I've been attending high school. After participating in my school's Model UN team, as well as other academic opportunities, I've realized that international studies and affairs are something I truly want to participate in and devote my efforts into. I am humbled to be a part of CIR as a fellow this year. 


Los alamos high school

My name is Dana and I am a junior at Los Alamos High School. I invest a lot of my time into speech and debate which has allowed me to be able to advocate for things I am passionate about climate issues. In my free time, I love hanging out with friends, going on runs, cooking, baking, skiing, watching Netflix, and playing with my dog. 


Santa Fe Indian School

My name is Dorian and I am junior at the Santa Fe Indian School. I am from Kewa Pueblo and I come from the Frog Clan. My interests include journalism, climate change, and environmentalism. In terms of sports, I enjoy boxing and track and field. Some of my hobbies include camping, reading, and poetry. 


Los alamos high school

My interest in international relations first developed through an internship at the Jim Thompson Foundation in Bangkok, Thailand. Since then, I have been passionate about international affairs and hope to someday work in that field. In my spare time I love participating in Speech and Debate, competing for my local club and high school swim teams, and playing the electric bass. 


The Masters Program

My name is Estephany and I am a senior at The Masters Program, a charter high school located at the Santa Fe Community College. After high school, I want to help my community by becoming a lawyer. I love riding horses, running, building houses, and working with smaller children. I dance ballet folklórico on my free time and I enjoy taking care of my siblings. I am passionate about making a better world for future generations. 


santa fe high school

My name is Evan and I am 15 years old and I go to Santa Fe High School. I play soccer for my school and I am in the band program. Some of my hobbies include rock hunting, fishing, biking, and reading. I’m interested in international conflicts, political systems and how they vary, and what approaches different countries are taking towards climate change. I hope to meet new interesting people and expand my horizons in the academic world.


Los Alamos High School

My name is Filippo and I am a senior at Los Alamos High School. I was born in Savigliano, Italy, and speak both Italian and English. Growing up with two different identities and exploring the world when I get the chance, I have cultivated a deep interest in international studies and cross-cultural exchanges. While my most significant passion lies in STEM (particularly in astrophysics), I love international relations and the chance to embrace new perspectives. In my free time, I am an avid soccer fan/player, world traveler, lover of philosophy, and chef!


mandela international magnet school

I am Gabriella, a third year Fellow with CIR. I am attending Mandela as a current senior, where I will continue to study international culture, relations, and theater. I participate in Model UN and work with Santa Fe Sister Cities, with hopes of further delving deeper into my passion for international affairs, policy reform, and peace studies. I hope to study these fields at University next year, but in the meantime, I will enjoy skiing, rafting, and being outdoors here in Santa Fe. 


mandela international magnet school

My name is Isabella and I am a senior at Mandela International Magnet School. I was born in Santa Fe to an Italian mother and American father. I have grown up exposed to a variety of different cultures, and have developed a passion for learning about different customs. I love traveling, and especially reading books. 


Albuquerque charter academy

My name is Kailey and I am 16 years old. I have always been interested in other cultures and languages. I started to teach myself Korean about 4 years ago and plan on learning more in the future. I am interested in this program because I feel that it is important to be knowledgeable about the world we live in. I would like to be able to understand this world and how it works so I can contribute to society as a more informed global citizen.


capital high school

My name is Lilia and I am 17 years old. I am a senior at Capital High School. I come from an immigrant family and am interested in conflicts in Central and South America, climate change, animals and the medical field. I hope that one day I will be the first doctor or veterinarian in the family. I love dogs and I am good at drawing and also love baking. 


The ask academy

My name is Margo and I am a senior at the ASK Academy in Rio Rancho. I love riding horses and participating in my school's Model United Nations club, and I am deeply interested in traveling internationally and learning about new languages and cultures. After graduating high school, I plan to study international relations in college and eventually work as a diplomat. 


menaul school

My name is Mary and I am from Albuquerque, New Mexico. I attend the Menaul School. I am 15 years old (almost 16!) and I love many activities. I love hip hop dance, making bracelets, sports, learning languages, and K-Pop! I am also a part of the Model UN program at my school, so many of my interests are the root of my interest in international relations! 


santa fe preparatory school

My name is Merritt and I am 18 years old. I was born and raised in Boston, and I moved to Santa Fe in August 2019, after living in Los Angeles. I am currently a senior at Santa Fe Prep. I love the outdoors-from the beach to the mountains. I am happiest when hiking, surfing, and spending time with friends in nature. I am very passionate about global affairs and foreign languages, and I hope to travel soon! 


albuquerque academy

My name is Naima and I'm a rising junior at Albuquerque Academy. In my free time, I read, write, and participate in Speech and Debate. My passion for photography makes me more curious about the world around me. I love learning and can't wait to know more about global affairs. I continuously take time to serve my community, but I can't wait to find more opportunities to help the world. 


the ask academy

My name is Skylar and I am a rising senior at The ASK Academy in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Ever since I was young, I loved learning about the world and I hope to continue this passion throughout my higher education. I plan to study both political science and international relations in college and later work in the foreign service. One of my main interests in the realm of international relations is human rights, which led me to start an Amnesty International chapter at my high school. Outside of school and extracurricular activities, I love to paint, read books, and hang out with my friends. 


mandela international magnet school

My name is Xitlalitl and I am a senior at Mandela International Magnet School. I come from an immigrant family; my mom is from Durango, Mexico and my dad is from San Salvador. I am interested in Latin American conflicts as well as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I love doing community service and I enjoy meeting people and learning from them! I also like to watch movies, hang out at coffee shops and do yoga. I am excited to learn more about the world and the U.S with the students participating in this fellowship.  


Six college students were competitively selected as “facilitators” for CIR’s High School Education programs. These individuals were chosen for their interest in international affairs and eagerness to give back to New Mexican students.



university of New mexico

Andreas is a recent graduate of University of New Mexico, where he received his BA in ethnography. He works in the medical field and has presented his research for Albuquerque World Affairs Council. He will be pursuing further education in medicine, governance, and international affairs. 


university of New mexico

Fabiola is a senior at UNM, studying international studies, Spanish, and German. Fabiola grew up in Moriarty, NM and is a proud Mexican-American. She was very fortunate to study abroad in Salamanca, Spain during spring 2020 and is grateful for her family's support in all of her endeavors.  


university of New mexico

Ginger is studying Global and National Security and statistics at UNM. In addition to her coursework, she is an intern at Sandia National Laboratories. Throughout her studies and professional career, Ginger has participated in a number of research opportunities regarding technical and policy concerns related to nuclear, cyber, and humanitarian matters. When she is not in front of a screen, you can find Ginger making coffee with her beloved French press, running along the Rio Grande, or planning her next adventure. 


St. Johns college

Joshua is a rising sophomore at St. John's College in Santa Fe and originally from Zambia. He is a member of St. John's Amnesty International Chapter and was recently appointed the Vice Director of Partnerships for the Justice Education Project, a youth organization with the aim to spread awareness about systemic injustices. He is passionate about politics, international relations, economics, social issues and wants to become a diplomat and ultimately President of the Republic of Zambia!  


Williams College

Sydney was born and raised in Santa Fe and is a rising junior at Williams College. She’s majoring in Arabic and psychology and hopes to study and work abroad in the future. She first became interested in international relations and peace studies because of her involvement working with Tomorrow’s Women, formerly known as Creativity for Peace, and having the chance to interact with the campers who continue to inspire her today. At school, she’s a member of the No Lost Generation chapter, which has sparked her interest in international refugee resettlement and advocacy. Outside of class, she’s on the step dance team, and loves hiking, painting, and puzzles!