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Laiza Casas

Alumni Success Story

Doing Good at Home and Abroad

MA, Comparative and Regional Studies (Latin America), 2005

BA, International Relations and Political Science, 2003

Laiza Casas is currently employed at the U.S. Department of State as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, Office of the Americas. Casas engages with an array of different agencies and governments on a daily basis. Specifically, she has created the Peace for Acholi Children Team (PACT), which organized a "Ugandance" charity event to raise money for children in Gulu dealing with the aftermath of the LRA civil strife. Additionally, Casas has coordinated the "Help Us Change the Face of Homeless" charity dinner which raised over $4,500 to assist the local homeless shelters and programs in the Northwest DC area.

Relating her professional experience with SIS, Casas said, “as a foreign affairs officer working on Latin American issues in the international spectrum, my academic background at SIS is applied each and every day.” When asked what advice she would offer current and prospective students based on her experience, Casas suggests that students take advantage of career center, development office, and faculty resources at their disposal. “These are the resources that will help you in finding internships, scholarships, fellowships, and contacts that will most probably lead to your future career.”