Dear friends of HACIA Democracy,
I could not be more excited to welcome you to the Harvard Association Cultivating Inter-American Democracy’s Twenty-Second Summit of the Americas. My name is Sarah Fellay and I have the honor of serving as this year’s President, alongside the Vice-President Constanza Vidal. I am currently a third year student at Harvard studying political and economic science, with a focus on healthcare in Latin America. Some of you may already know me as the English Committees Director for HACIA XXI, or the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States co-chair for HACIA XX. Whether or not we have already had the chance to meet, Constanza and I are incredibly excited to work together with the rest of our staff to make HACIA XXII our best conference to date.
Just in March 2015, we held the Twenty-First Summit of the Americas in the beautiful Mexican Riviera Maya. 400 students joined us from across the Americas to discuss pressing issues such as gender equality in politics, adoption rights, or the situation in Venezuela. Some took part in reenactments of such momentous events in Latin American history as the Mexican Constitutional Convention, or the Honduran coup in 1923. Others passionately advocated human rights issues in the Inter-American Court, or took a stab at understanding what cyberwarfare might look like in Latin America in 2020. All of you engaged in meaningful debate around topics that you will one day have the chance to work towards resolving yourselves.
Our next conference will take place March 11th to March 13th, 2016. Our location announcement will take place over the summer and we will continue to update our website as we find out more details about our next conference. Whether you are a seasoned HACIA veteran or someone hearing about us for the first time, we hope you will decide to join us next year. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to our Recruiting Director, Cristina Parajón (email@example.com).
Until March 11th,
HACIA Democracy XXII
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