Spring 2011 Intern Graduation Speaker
Hometown: Lake Orion, Michigan
School: Michigan State University
Major: International Relations
Placement: The Office of Senator Carl Levin
Ariadna E. Ginez is a senior at Michigan State University double majoring in international relations and social relations and policy. She was born and raised in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and moved to the US with her family when she was nine years old. This experience has shaped Ariadna’s interests and inspired her to work for the Latino community, particularly in issues of education, border policy, immigrant political culture and identity.
Since arriving at college, Ariadna has gained a wealth of experience as she interned for now US Representative Hansen Clarke, worked for the Michigan Department of Information Technology, led the Students for Obama group and worked for her student government as the Governmental Affairs State Liaison. She also completed the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement program last year and conducted research on possible policy solutions to the Mexican Drug War, which she has presented at several national conferences.
Recently, Ariadna was elected to the National Board of Directors of Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. which is an organization dedicated to the empowerment of women. In this position, she is charged with creating policy which affects their national membership and the communities they serve. After graduation, Ariadna will be teaching secondary social studies in Detroit, Michigan as a Teach For America Corps member. She will simultaneously be pursuing a Master’s in education at the University of Michigan.
Ariadna is ecstatic at the opportunity of being a CHCI intern and working on Capitol Hill to develop new skills and form relationships with other people passionate about giving back to their community. She hopes that this experience will help her become a stronger leader in her community and enable her to affect even more change.
Graduation Speaker and Class Representative
Ariadna was selected by her fellow interns to represent the group during their Graduation Reception, which took place on Thursday, April 14 in the Capitol Visitor Center.
Below is an excerpt from Ariadna's speech.
"Of all the lessons we learned during our CHCI experience, the one that I value the most is realizing that despite the grandeur of the entities we work in, at their core they are made up of people from all walks of life. Of course, I always knew this, but something clicked while I was here; perhaps it was seeing the inner workings of congress, or having conversations with top leaders and learning their stories, but I’ve realized that they are people just like me and that one day I can be in one of their seats. I can be a Congresswoman. I can be a Board Member. I can be a CEO. These are not far-fetched dreams, but attainable realities."
The whole graduation speech can be found here: CHCI Spring 2011 CIP Graduation Speech.