Francesca Burke is a rising second-year student at Georgetown University. She is in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and is currently majoring in international affairs with a focus in culture and politics. She was born in Boynton Beach, Florida and moved to Marietta, Georgia when she was 8 years old.
She has always been passionate about politics and social change.To that end, she interned at the Marietta City Government her Sophomore year of high school where she helped to revitalize their social media presence and community outreach. Additionally, she interned with EF Tours her Junior year and wrote and delivered a speech at their leadership summit about global food insecurity and creative ways to solve it.
She is also a firm believer in the social change model, which promotes developing individual and community leadership in order to make concrete changes in society. Because of this she has become involved with GOLD (Georgetown Opportunities for Leadership and Development), which mentors first year students at Georgetown. She is very excited to be a mentor herself this upcoming year. Additionally, she worked in the wider DC area with a program called College Next Door, to help students at inner-city schools with the college process as well as with their school work and social skills.
She also grew up with a strong connection to and a love for her Cuban heritage and has been working to foster cultural awareness of the Latinx community at Georgetown. As a member of LASA (the Latin American Student Association) she helped to organize Reventón Latino, the only cultural showcase of Latino dance and music on campus. She is thrilled to be co-chair of the event next year.
Francesca hopes to utilize her education and professional experience to eventually become a diplomat working with the State Department to promote policies of cultural awareness, diversity, and acceptance.