Gilman Alumni Taslim Tavarez Garcia (Bolivia, 2016) and Mary Liu (United Kingdom, 2019) have been selected to participate as the fifth class of Schwarzman Scholars. Schwarzman Scholars is designed to prepare its graduates to build stronger relationships between China and a rapidly changing world and to address the most pressing challenges of the 21st Century. 145 Schwarzman Scholars were selected from more than 4,700 applicants and include students from 41 countries and 108 universities.
Taslim Tavarez is a Paralegal at the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP). Before joining IRP, Taslim interned at the American Immigration Council and the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA). Through the Jeannette K. Watson Fellowship, she interned at Aidha, a Singaporean non-profit that provides financial literacy courses to migrant domestic workers. A former DACA recipient herself, at Pace University she founded ABRIR, an organization that provides college application workshops for undocumented high school students. She hopes to learn how trends in economic development and urbanization are shaping immigration policy in China.
Mary Liu studied Applied Mathematics at Columbia University. Following her second year at West Point, Mary dedicated a year in service to rural communities in China and Thailand where she volunteered as a community organizer, teacher, and website developer. Previous internships with JP Morgan & Chase, Columbia Data Science Institute, and The Earth Institute solidified her interest in the intersection of technology and social impact. She currently works in the Office of Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17) and is passionate about increasing economic opportunity in rural communities.
Congratulations to the Gilman Alumni! Read more about the 2020-2021 Schwarzman Scholars here.