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Meet Rangel Fellowship Winner Bianca Uribe

Bianca Uribe (C’18) has received a 2018 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship, a prestigious two-year, $95,000 award given to only 30 students from universities across the country. We caught up with Bianca to learn more about her research interests, career goals, and favorite parts of her time on the Hilltop.


Bianca Uribe


New York City





Research activity

Received both the Kalorama Fellowship and the Scott MacPherson Stapleton Award.

Developed an independent research project that was conducted internationally in various towns in Peru and domestically in the NYC and DMV areas. The project focused on how Afro-Peruvians (and Afro-Latinos in the US) develop informal systems of healing in response to inadequate health care systems. It was found that health care and treatment can be culturally specific for marginalized communities and how institutions in power need to build cultural competency in order to ensure successful community outreach.

Most influential professors

 Dr. Sylvia Onder, Dr. Joanne Rappaport, and Dr. Vivaldo Santos

Campus and community activities

Student of Color Alliance (SOCA) Co-chair (2015-2016)

Spanish & Portuguese Club – Director of Publicity (2015-2016)

Beeck Center – GU Impacts Fellow in Lima, Peru (2017)

Post-college jobs/accomplishments

I got married on October 13, 2018.

Advice for other students

Don’t feel pressured by other people’s timelines and societal expectations of success. Build your own timeline of success. All that is meant for you will come your way if you are intentional and deliberate in your actions.

How has your curriculum influenced your career plans

As an Anthropology major with a Portuguese minor at Georgetown, I’ve learned that looking outward often helps in understanding what is within. To me, being a Foreign Service Officer means deepening one’s knowledge of other cultures and nations to further understand our own. I was given the opportunity to learn this at Georgetown, an institution that promotes international service through Jesuit values, such as being a “woman or man for others”. There I was able to strengthen my love of studying and apply my learning in both Latin America and Africa.

Life goals

To become a successful, intersectional, thoughtful and critical U.S Diplomat with years of service in Latin America and Africa. And to make my mother proud.

Favorite spot on campus

The ICC. I had most of my classes there and worked for four years at the African Studies Program.