Rebeca Escalona

School: 

Hampshire College

Hometown: 

Caracas, Venezuela and Branford, CT

Academic Concentration: 

Feminist Studies, Latin/African American Studies, Psychology

Bio: 

Internship Highlights: Rebeca facilitated a workshop on gender for the Septima Clark Community Power Institute, a civil rights and community organizing training program for teens; brought 20 youth activists to the United States Social Forum in Detroit as part of the People’s Freedom Caravan, and synthesized more than fifty resolutions developed during the People’s Movement Assemblies.

Biography: Rebeca is interested in becoming a social worker and developing a radical vision of social work in her future practice. As her life goal she would like to do work that serves to empower women (specifically her fellow Latina’s and women of color) and has recently discovered she might want to focus on women's health and mental and physical wellbeing as a means of doing so. In addition to becoming a social worker, Rebeca would also like to be a doula, yoga teacher and make her activism and fight for social justice a part of all her work. Outside of Hampshire, she has spent time volunteering and interning at Safe Passage (a domestic violence and advocacy shelter) since her first semester of college, which has greatly shaped and influenced her decisions of what she wants to dedicate her life to. In her free time Rebeca enjoys rock climbing, practicing yoga, hiking, and anything that involves the outdoors. "My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness." —Dalai Lama

Ask Rebeca

What was the best or most exciting part of your internship?
The most exciting part of my internship was being able to be a part of the second United States Social Forum (USSF) process. Project South helped put on the first USSF in Atlanta in 2007, and since they had plenty of experience in what hosting such an event takes, they played a significant support role to the folks organizing the second USSF in Detroit. I was very thankful to get the opportunity to go the USSF and received a lot from that experience.

Did you like the location of your internship?
Atlanta now holds a very dear place in my heart. If you search hard enough you will likely find anything and everything that interests you somewhere in the city. An aspect that I really appreciated was the warmth and kindness of the people that I met (especially everyone at Project South). As I told the folks there, “I feel like I am leaving with a brand new family that I can always come back to.”

What did you do during your “free” time?
I spent most of my free time exploring Atlanta…and seriously, I recommend it!! I traveled the city by train and bus looking for anything and everything that I could do, and did my best to get to know the city. The sad part was that ten weeks doesn’t even come close to being enough time to see and do all that Atlanta has to offer. Solution? I’m definitely going back!