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Layla Solatan

Layla is passionate about human rights, animal rights, and education. She spent her high school career as a student in her school’s Social Justice Pathway, through which she spent her senior year designing an experiment and presented a talk about her research on ways to alleviate stereotype threat in educational settings, hosted a social justice-themed symposium for her school district, and worked with her school's non-profit to support low-income students on their path to college. The summer before her senior year, she traveled to the Dominican Republic through Global Glimpse to teach English, which inspired her to spend a year in Ecuador through Global Citizen Year.


Capstone Reflection: A very long, jumbled page of unfinished thoughts and run-on sentences

June 8, 2018

Coming back from Ecuador, I’ve been asked countless times, “How was it? What’s Ecuador like? Your experience?” If you’re one of these people, I’ve probably failed to answer your question. I probably answered with something along the lines of, “Umm… great! *awkward laugh*” I hope you didn’t take this as, “I don’t have much to...

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Madre. Nanay. Mother.

January 2, 2018

My seven-year-old, meatless arms surge a fifteen-inch wooden spoon through a sea of nut and milk as it slowly transforms into a stubborn pillow of sucrose. I’ve thrown crumbs of pili nut along with three cans of condensed milk and sugar into an unforgiving wok. In just a few hours, these simple elements will all...

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Today’s lesson: Machismo. Take notes, boys.

October 22, 2017

With respectful, friendly students and teachers, my first day of my apprenticeship was pleasant and running smoothly. It wasn’t until el inspector came into one of the classes I was helping with to call out of couple of boys for their hair length. Their hair was nothing you’d call “girly”—simply too long for the school’s...

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Things I hope I don’t forget

October 13, 2017

A simple video about a few things special to Ecuador, Ibarra, or my experience that I hope remember long after my year here.

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Saludos desde Ecuador!

October 3, 2017

It's been a month since we were told that our flight to Ecuador was being cancelled due to Hurricane Harvey. Luckily, this was the only setback we had to deal with as a result of this hurricane. Still, it’s not the best news to receive the day before your flight to Ecuador for 8 months—the...

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