Elizabeth Calixtro is a graduate student in Public Policy. She is pursuing coursework in regional development in preparation for a career in city management. Elizabeth has been an immigrant rights advocate for years, volunteering and interning for various non-profit organizations in the state of Oregon. She has conducted grant-funded ethnographic research and fieldwork relating to immigration policy, domestic violence among Latinas, and indigenous territorial rights.
Prior to her graduate studies, Elizabeth interned at the United States Congress through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Internship Program, at the Oregon State Legislature, and at the Oregon Secretary of State’s Election Division. Elizabeth’s continued interest in government affairs led her to city government work as a Community Liaison upon completion of her B.A. She spent a year developing and implementing programs to improve collaboration between the City of Independence in Oregon and the Latino community.
This year, Elizabeth received the Bohnett Fellowship. She will be working for the Office of Immigrant Affairs at the City of Los Angeles. Elizabeth expects this internship will inform the direction of her Public Policy capstone project.