Karen Caspa is a senior studying Political Science and Hemispheric and Latin American Studies at the University of California, Davis. She was part of the Model UN team at Davis, where she became more familiar with the UN, while engaging with others who admired the UN and its role in addressing global challenges. Karen plans to continue her academic trajectory by pursuing a career in international law. She discovered her desire to pursue law while she studied abroad in Mexico and Colombia. In her free time, Karen is researching on the dynamic relationship between social media and free speech. She enjoys listening to podcasts and running.
Kellie O’Brien is a senior studying Government and History at the University of Texas at Austin. She discovered her love for international affairs through her studies and an internship with the Houston Mayor’s Office of Trade and International Affairs. She has a keen interest in European politics and Europe’s relations with the US and developing nations. This past semester she worked for a representative in the Texas Legislature and found a deeper appreciation for the role that international affairs/foreign policy plays at multiple governmental levels. In her spare time she enjoys going to museums and cheering on the UT football team.
Mike Parola is a junior studying Politics and Physics at New York University. He is originally from Madison Township, PA. His interest in the UN grew out of his study of foreign policy. He is passionate about the UN’s goal for climate action and hopes to focus on climate policy while studying in DC this semester. In his spare time, he loves watching movies, debating, and exploring the city.
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