Willamette student chosen to study public policy, law at Berkeley this summer

Ellie Calixtro ’13, a politics and American Ethnic Studies major at Willamette University, was one of 30 undergraduates chosen from across the nation to attend the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship Program this summer at the University of California, Berkeley.

“Being admitted to this program means a lot to me, to my family and to my community because it symbolizes hope and opportunities,” says Calixtro, who is passionate about immigrant rights. “I believe this will be a great way to begin preparing for life after Willamette.”

During the seven-week program, Calixtro will complete coursework designed to improve her analytical, quantitative and legal skills — all necessary to succeed at top-level graduate programs in public policy, international affairs and law. She will also attend professional development workshops to learn about fellowships, graduate school programs and careers in law and policy making.

Calixtro is studying politics and international law this semester in Murcia, Spain. She founded the CAUSA chapter on campus and has been involved in other immigrant rights groups, including PCUN Farmworker’s Union and VOZ Hispana Political Action Committee. She is a Gates Millennium Scholar, and she completed a 2011 Carson project on domestic violence reporting.