Human Rights Investigations Lab, UC Berkeley — Undergraduate Research Assistant (Feb 2019 - present)
As an Undergraduate Research Assistant, I use open source information to investigate human rights violations. Our services are employed by the likes of Amnesty International as well as small, local human rights organizations.
Human Rights Center (HRC), UC Berkeley — Administrative Assistant (June 2018-present)
The first month of my internship at the Human Rights Center was focused on research for a chapter of a publication by the Center on the fallout of the Salvadoran Civil War. This chapter specifically focuses on Pro-Busqueda, an organization in El Salvador that uses research and DNA evidence to reconnect children disappeared during the war with their surviving family members. For the latter half of my work with the HRC, I served as an administrative assistant and built a new website for the HRC: humanrights.berkeley.edu.
Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), UC Berkeley — Administrative Assistant (Sept. 2016-present)
As an assistant for CLAS, I provide all-coverage help for the center. I helped plan, manage, and cover events, using social media to publicize events. I also edit videos, photos, and the CLAS website (clas.berkeley.edu) using Adobe Creative Suite. Additionally, I research upcoming speakers and find photos for CLAS’ annual review.
The Holocaust and Genocide in Guatemala, Estelle Tarica, UC Berkeley — Undergraduate Research Assistant (Feb. - May 2018)
I conducted research on the 1980s genocide of the Mayan people in Guatemala and whether or not this genocide was compared to the Holocaust -- both nationally and internationally. My much of my work focused on locating and translating Guatemalan publications.
Adobe Creative Suite
Prozan Family Scholarship (2016)
Cox Cares Scholar (2016)
Biliteracy Seal (Spanish) (2016)
Delta Phi Epsilon (Foreign Service Fraternity), Epsilon Chapter, UC Berkeley — Member ( Feb. 2018-present)
I am a member of the Epsilon chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon, a co-ed professional fraternity for foreign service. Our scope goes broader than the foreign service, though, to international relations overall. As the President of my pledge class, I planned three types of events -- social, international relations related, and fundraising.
Berkeley Political Review (BPR), UC Berkeley — Staff Writer (Sept. 2017-present)
I am currently a staff writer for the Opinion Section of BPR. I was a member of the U.S. section during my sophomore year where I wrote a series on the U.S. territories. My articles are online at https://bpr.berkeley.edu/author/lilisirispira/, and my articles "The State of Puerto Rico" and "Wanted: Young, White, and Angry" were featured in the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 print edition of the review.
External Affairs Vice President, Associated Students of the University of California (ASUC) — International Projects Manager (Aug. - Dec. 2017)
As International Projects Manager I was tasked with developing and organizing programming and events relevant to the goals of the International Affairs Department within the office of the External Affairs Vice President of the ASUC.
Hayley "Major Leaguer" Krieger for ASUC Senate — Campaign Manager (Dec. 2016 - May 2017)
I was the Campaign Manager for Hayley "Major Leaguer" Krieger for ASUC Senate. As Campaign Manager, I created/managed our social media strategy, organized staffers, and developed campaign platforms. Hayley Krieger's platforms were as follows: GSI training, greek diversity, and resources for survivors of sexual violence.
Senator Marandah Field-Elliot, Associated Students of the University of California —Intern (Sept. 2016-Feb. 2017)
I was an intern under Senator Field-Elliot's Mental Health Department. Through my internship I represented the student body of UC Berkeley, fighting specifically for mental health issues though plan events and advocating for people with the administration. I also helped Senator Field-Elliot's office in its overall endeavors.
UC Berkeley — Global Studies (3.772 GPA)
I started at UC Berkeley in the Fall of 2016. I am due to graduate in 2020 with a minor in Human Rights and a major in Global Studies (with a track in Development Studies and an area of expertise in the Americas). Click here to see more about the courses I've taken.