Alumni Spotlight

Maria Leon Gomez '15

The global studies program allowed Maria Leon Gomez ’15 to explore the effects of international development on her home country of Honduras, which culminated in her senior project, "The Effects of Drug Trafficking on the Socioeconomic Development of Honduras." In her junior year, Gomez studied French language and culture in Lyon, France, a transformative experience that helped her understand how France is uniquely positioned within and affected by the policies of the European Union.

Gomez is currently employed at the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America (CRLN), an interfaith education, action and advocacy network that has worked to broaden communication between U.S. policymakers and Latin Americans for more than 25 years. Through educational initiatives, fact-finding delegations, speaker tours and other activities, CRLN empowers people to advocate for changes in U.S. policy in the Americas. Some of the issues on which CRLN engages elected state and federal officials include military aid, immigration, trade, foreign policy and U.S.-funded anti-drug trafficking programs.