Connecting Appalachia and the Maré Complex in Rio de Janeiro
The Virginia Tech Community Change Collaborative facilitated a round table dialogue hosted by Desiree Poets with Henrique Gomes da Silva and Andreza Jorge with Virginia Tech faculty: Rachel Lynn Weaver, Jordan Laney, and Brandy Faulkner at El Centro in Squires Student Center. Photo: Desiree Poets. (February 2020)
Andreza Jorge and Henrique Gomes da Silva of Redes Da Maré, an NGO founded in 2007 by residents and former residents of the Maré Complex in Rio de Janeiro. Their work as cultural advocates and organizers centers on the residents of the Maré favela complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and helps to mobilize positive change regarding issues of race, ethnicity, gender and class in women’s empowerment as well as public security, drug policy and use in the city.
Neil Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholarship Recipient, International Bluegrass Music Association (2019)
Virginia Tech Winter 2018 Graduation
I was honored to serve as the student speaker at the 2018 winter ceremony at Virginia Tech. The speech begins around 19:30 in the video below.