Isabella Cazier ’11 -- Life of Service
This dedicated alumna is building partnerships to empower young leaders before serving her country abroad.
By Donna Parker
Isabella Cazier received a degree in anthropology and Russian from Trinity in 2011, preparing her for work with a Houston non-profit as well as her future goal of foreign service. "I loved Trinity's emphasis on students becoming international or global citizens," says Isabella. "I took courses in a huge variety of subjects and designed a degree program that fit me perfectly."
Isabella serves as the regional operations manager for Amigos de las Americas, promoting youth leadership, intercultural exchange, and sustainable development in Latin America. One target objective is sending volunteers abroad to live with a host family for six weeks, where they learn about the culture and work with the community on empowering the youth.
"We show youth that, no matter where they are or what their circumstances, they have the power to make a difference," explains Isabella.
"My father and brother were volunteers for Amigos, and I was a volunteer when I was younger. Last summer, I worked with the organization as an associate project director in Ecuador and applied for this position as soon as it came open because I've always wanted to work with Amigos in some capacity. I love the family dynamics of the office and being able to make a difference."
Her background for making that difference began with coursework at Trinity.
"My love of anthropology was encouraged by Jennifer Mathews, professor of sociology and anthropology, who motivated me to think outside the box and see how I could channel my ideas into a productive work plan."
"And, surprisingly, I've used my social statistics course a lot. I'm not really a numbers person, but the way Professor Amy Stone, department of anthropology and sociology, taught the class and worked with me individually, made me feel I could really accomplish things in this arena."
Following Trinity, Isabella worked on Capitol Hill in an internship position, traveling with the U.S. delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, a forum for political negotiation and conflict prevention.
As a self-described "mutt of different cultures" Isabella's love of travel and the Russian language was a result of numerous moves with her family. Born in Alaska, she also lived in Colombia, Venezuela, and even Russia, where she graduated high school-thus the interest in the Russian language.
She still travels quite a bit for work but grabs the occasional moment to chill and watch movies or visit a great museum with friends.
"I'm passionate about social issues and believe in breaking away from the traditional molds of life, affording me the opportunity to meet amazing people."
You may email Isabella at Isabella.firstname.lastname@example.org.