Renée Metelus, Communications and Development Coordinator, started at IJDH as an intern after graduating from Boston University, where she studied sociology and international relations. During her undergraduate years, she worked at the state office of the Georgia Congress of Parents and Teachers, which sparked her interest in educational advocacy. From there, she served as a team leader and corps member at Americorps’ Jumpstart for Young Children an early childhood education organization that aims to promote equitable education for students in under-resourced preschools. During her time in both organizations, she further developed her passion for empowering migrants and minorities. Renee is fluent in Haitian Creole, Spanish and Portuguese. Her favorite meal is diri blan, legim san vyann, and sos pwa nwa.
Jake Soria, Communications and Development Intern, is a senior at Tufts University pursuing a degree in International Relations and Spanish Cultural Studies. His coursework at Tufts has focused on a regional and comparative analysis of the histories, cultures, and politics of geographic regions outside the United States, most notably Latin America and the Caribbean. Jake’s studies and past experiences conducting research in the Caribbean and working at internationally-focused nonprofits have inspired a passion for human rights and social justice. He is excited to intern for IJDH because of their proven track record of fighting for human rights in the Haitian community both in Haiti and abroad. In the future, Jake would like to continue supporting marginalized communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.