I come from Bogotá, Colombia and I have been living in Germany for the last 18 years.
I studied in Political Science, Modern History and Spanish Philology. After my PhD in Political Science at the University of Bonn I worked at Unicepta Gesellschaft für Medienanalyse mbH in Cologne at the Analytics & Insights department as well as a scientific research assistant at the University “Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg” at the department of Social Policy and Social Security Studies. Furthermore, I was a managing director of the Association Sozialversicherungswissenschaft e.V.
My own migration history, my intercultural experiences and my many years of existence as a „non-citizen“ in Germany and my deep commitment to democracy has guided me along the last decade to create discussion spaces and to offer seminars and workshops for the civil society and to research about the following topics in depth: Democracy, democracy protection, defensive or contentious democracy, dealing with social plurality, dealing with right-wing extremism and right-wing populism, social participation, active political participation, interculturality as well as migration and integration policy.
I am a certified Intercultural Trainer (Registered with the German Association for the Quality of Intercultural Training, Deutsche Gesellschaft für interkulturelle Trainingsqualität e. V.)
Awards: Doctoral Scholarship from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)
Graduate studies in Political Science, Modern History and Spanish Philology
2009 – 2012 Assistant lecturer at the University of Bonn
Since 01/2014 Guest speaker and host of panel discussions
Right-wing extremism and populism, political and social participation, migration, right-wing extremism and populism, social integration, political and social participation
Journalistic articles on the website of the German radio station “Deutsche Welle” and in the Argentine newspaper “El Clarín” in the Deutsche Welle editorial office for DW-WORLD/Spanish.
„Integration in the specialized discourse: The integration paradox!“ As part of the STUBE Nord seminar for STUBE multipliers and international students. Diakonisches Werk Hamburg.
“The defensive democracy. Dealing with enemies of the constitution. „As part of the lecture series: Society in Transition. University „Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg“.
Panel discussion guest at the discussion round: “People’s Party vs. Division Party”. Bonner Politik-Forum.
„How do you deal with right-wing extremist parties?“ International Women’s Center (IFZ) in Bonn.
„Dealing with right-wing extremist parties in people’s assemblies.“ Bonner Politik-Forum.
“Migration and Refugees – Can you stop migration? What can mean: remove the background of the escape? „Academy for Employee Training, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Bonn.
„Flight and migration in and out of Africa as part of the seminar: Africa south of the Sahara: Germany’s responsibility in the face of state failure and attempts at democratization. „Vollmar Academy in Kochel am See.
Panel discussion guest at CARTA-SALON # 2: „Europe is dead, long live Europe?“ Theater im Bauturm in Cologne.
„Old stumbling blocks in the political participation of the newcomers“Symposium “Flight, Transit and Asylum. Interdisciplinary perspectives on a European promise.” At the Institute for Political Science and Sociology of the University of Bonn „Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn“
“Integration and interculture. How do we deal with that?“ International Women’s Center Bonn (IFZ)
„How do modern liberal democracies deal with right-wing extremist parties?“ Institute for German and International Party Law and Party Research. Heinrich-Heine-University Dusseldorf
Dealing with Social Plurality in a Liberal Democracy – Basics and Skills
Political Theory – From Antiquity to the Present
Intercultural competence in a diverse society
Transcultural competence as a key qualification in a society of diversity
Deputy expert citizen in the committee for citizen participation and local agenda in the city council in Bonn
Deputy member of the Integration Council in Bonn
Deputy Chairwoman of the Migration and Diversity Working Group of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) Bonn
Co-initiator and co-organizer of the non-partisan citizens‘ movement „Pulse of Europe“ in Bonn
Co-initiator of the non-partisan initiative „Restart Europe Now!“
Expert resident in the committee for citizen participation and local agenda in the city council in Bonn
Member of the Federal Executive Committee of the Migration and Diversity Working Group of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD)
Chairwoman of the Migration and Diversity Working Group of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in Bonn
Co-founder of the Migration and Diversity Working Group of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in Bonn
Deputy Chairwoman of the Migration and Diversity Working Group of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in North Rhine Westphalia
Member of the subdistrict executive committee of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) in Bonn
Cultural mentor of the student residence Römerlager in Bonn