Adriana is a global enthusiast and believes in the power of community-based approaches to create sustainable change. She is currently working with a community-based organization that provides culturally and linguistically competent services for refugees and immigrants in New York City. From seeking out mentors in an all-female aerobics class in Southwest Morocco to running alongside Afghan women and girls through a gated compound in Kabul, she has grown passionate about using sports and the outdoors as a catalyst for dialogue, peace, and gender empowerment.
Previously, Adriana helped facilitate a summer educational empowerment program for Palestinian & Syrian youth in Rashidieh refugee camp in South Lebanon and participates in activism in the U.S. defending Palestinian rights. Wherever she goes, her notebook is ready to collect stories and observations - to listen to, write about, and share.
Her undergraduate studies in Syracuse, NY emphasized civic engagement, inspiring her to reach out to refugee resettlement agencies working in the community who were assisting some of the largest refugee populations in the U.S. She taught 90+ hours of citizenship classes to newly-arrived refugees and led a year-long research project titled "The Meaning of Home in the Life of a Refugee", highlighting the often emotionally perilous journeys people make to escape war, abuse, and conflict. Adriana holds a dual degree in International Relations and Citizenship & Civic Engagement and is a founding member of the CCE Program in the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She spent a semester studying and interning in Washington D.C. at the National Defense University's College of International Security Studies (CISA) where she published an academic article analyzing Hezbollah's influence in Lebanese society.
With a regional focus on the South West Asian North African (SWANA) region, Adriana speaks Moroccan Arabic and has a working knowledge of the Levantine Dialect and Modern Standard Arabic. In her free time, she enjoys reading followed by debates with friends, exploring new ways to channel creativity, and hiking in the Hudson Valley.