Students

Aurora Lofton

MA candidate in European Studies (2018); BA in Foreign Affairs (2017)

Email: al8sf@virginia.edu

Biography

Aurora Lofton was a transfer student from Northern Virginia Community College to UVA in 2015. She recently received her B.A in Foreign Affairs, and has transitioned into the European Studies program this year. She hopes to complete her research and degree at LSE next fall.

Education

B.A University of Virginia (2017)

Research Interests

  • Refugee Policy
  • Humanitarian Accessibility
  • History and Colloquial Impact of Imperialism in Refugee Studies

Honors and Awards

  • Northern Virginia Community College Positive​ ​Community​ ​Impact​ ​Award​ ​2013-2014​ ​and​ ​2014-2015;​
  • ​Northern Virginia Community College Campus​ ​Activities Award​ ​2013-2014
  • Northern Virginia Community College SEAL​ ​Award​ ​Recipient​ ​2014
  • Stephanie​ ​Jean-Charles​ ​Global​ ​Community​ ​Service​ ​Travel​ ​Award​ ​2016
  • Center of Global Health Scholar 2016
  • ​Quandt​ ​International Research​ ​Fund​ ​Scholar 2017

Andrea Villena

Andrea was recently awarded a 2017 LCLAA Latina Gender Equity Fellowship.  Congratulations Andrea!!

BA candidate in Latin American Studies (2018), MA candidate in European Studies  (2019)

Email: asv5nc@virginia.edu

Biography

Andrea Villena is a fourth-year majoring in Spanish and minoring in Latin American Studies as well as a first year in the accelerated master's program of European Studies. Originally from Peru, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia at the age of eight. The idea of inequality and race has always fascinated her as her peers have faced many controversial issues while growing up. The current immigration system that exists within the United States has caused this burning passion inside of her to rise to the surface. This past summer she had the opportunity of interning at an Immigration Law Firm. It was through this environment that her views and future research plans in Spain began to take shape.

Honors and Awards

Andrea's awards from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund  and VALHEN have all contributed to her ability to pursue higher education..

This year she will be part of the 2017 HSF Media and Entertainment Summit in Los Angeles, California. The Media and Entertainment Summit gives the best and brightest HSF Scholars an inside track to career success in media and entertainment-related fields, through a combination of mentoring, professional insights, and career guidance. She will be networking with prominent members of the media and interacting with students from other universities.

She has also served as a sales consultant and as a human resources talent scout.

Research Interests

Andrea's ability to speak Spanish has helped her to explore and get a first-hand experience of what it is like to be part of marginalized community without a voice. She hopes that through her MA thesis in European Studies that she will be able to shed light on the racial inequalities, the gender gap, and the human trafficking that exists in current-day Spain.