Dear Friends and Faculty of HACIA Democracy,
Welcome to Harvard Association Cultivating Inter-American Democracy’s Twenty-Fifth Summit of the Americas! My name is Lucas Cocco Delgado, and I have the honor of serving as this year’s President, alongside the Vice-President David Gevarter. We are so excited to welcome you to this year’s conference, as it will be the twenty-fifth anniversary of HACIA. Along with you, our faculty and delegates, we hope to create a conference to remember that will serve as a model for HACIA’s next twenty-five years. As such, we are proud to announce that HACIA XXV will take place March 14th to March 17th, 2019 in the historic city of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
I am a fourth-year student at Harvard University, studying Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology with a secondary field in Government. I was born in São Paulo, Brazil, but moved to Havana, Cuba when I was just two months old. In Cuba, I attended the International School of Havana and during my penultimate year there, I organized the first attempts to bring a delegation from my country to HACIA. This experience inspired me to staff HACIA XXIII in Panama City, where I had the honor of serving as co-chair of the Summit of the Americas debating the influence of drug trade in the region. Finally, I served as Development Director for HACIA XXIV, in which I founded new initiatives ranging from securing corporate sponsorships to creating the Junior Business Director, making HACIA a more accessible conference for all.
HACIA has genuinely changed my life and allowed me to discover a passion for politics, democracy and social responsibility that I had never been exposed to before. Thus, it is my highest goal to ensure each and every delegate leaves HACIA XXV with the tools to look at the world around them with a critical lens and realize their full leadership potential. The challenges in our region are complex and will require creativity, teamwork, and dedication, and I know that you all will be up to the challenge.
I look forward to seeing in Santo Domingo both the old faces who joined us in Cartagena last year and new friends who are just beginning their HACIA journey. Be sure to look out for announcements posted here on our website, on our Facebook page, or through our mailing list in the coming months. On behalf of the whole HACIA staff, I hope that you will be able to join us next year to face some of the most difficult questions of our times facing Latin America and create solutions for a better world. If you have any questions or doubts, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at [email protected] or to David Gevarter at [email protected]
Lucas Cocco Delgado
HACIA Democracy XXV