Raquel Helen Silva graduated cum laude from Mount Holyoke College in 2014 with a B.A. in international relations focused in international political economy. During her last summer at Mount Holyoke, Raquel served as Capacity Building Intern at the African Women’s Development Fund in Accra, Ghana. She also graduated from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG) in Brazil with a B.A. in government focused in international law in 2015. In the latter institution, her senior thesis was on the influence of the Inter-American System of Human Rights Protection on the creation of the former Secretariat for Women’s Issues in the federal government of her home country. Upon graduation, Raquel relocated to São Paulo to lead Corporate Responsibility & Inclusion at Thomson Reuters Brazil. Raquel has been engaged with volunteerism since the age of 9 and has been invited to represent Brazil and youth at high-level events since her teenage years. She composed the closing plenary of the 40th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, in Davos, Switzerland, and shared her personal experience and introduced former First Lady Michelle Obama during a presidential visit to Brazil. Raquel is fluent in Portuguese and English and is proficient in French and Spanish. At Yale, Raquel plans to explore the relationship between gender equality and women’s empowerment and development from several perspectives.