Author Archives: Benjamin Rene Garcia

About Benjamin Rene Garcia

CLASS President - Energetic, Game Changer, and Cornell MPA Graduate Student

Making an Impact: Lessons and Encounters in the Social Business Sector

This summer I am interning at Agora Partnerships, a nonprofit organization that provides early stage social entrepreneurs with access to capital, networks, and resources in Latin America. Social businesses are those organizations that are financially sustainable and make an economic, … Continue reading

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The Challenges and Opportunities of Microfinance

Microfinance Background & Definition In the 1970’s, Dr. Muhammad Yunus, a professor of Economics at Chittagong University began lending to poor women in the village of Jobra, Bangladesh. Yunus realized the impact that these loans can have on the lives … Continue reading

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The Dream Act: An Opportunity for Young Latinos in the U.S. to Pursue Legal Status and Further Education

One of the hottest topics in U.S. politics today is immigration. The question of whether illegal immigrants should be offered legal status has been one of controversy since its inception. This has caused many challenges for undocumented young people that … Continue reading

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Bolsa Família and Oportunidades: Powerful Tools for Poverty Alleviation in Latin America

Bolsa Família and Oportunidades are conditional cash transfer programs that were launched in Brazil and Mexico respectively. In 2012, Oportunidades assisted 6.5 million families and Bolsa Família assisted over 13 million families. Both of these government programs provide grants to … Continue reading

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CLASS meets the Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County

On Saturday, December 8th Barbara Marchiori de Assis, CLASS President and Benjamin Garcia, CLASS Vice President met with leaders from the Latino Civic Association of Tompkins County (LCA). This meeting served to introduce both organizations, and to discuss mutually beneficial … Continue reading

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The Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) Model: A Powerful Tool for Education

The U.S. is currently facing a dropout crisis. According to Grad Nation research (a dropout convention campaign launched by President Obama) the national high school graduation rate is 75%, meaning that one out of every four students drops out before … Continue reading

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CLASS…the Beginning

On Friday, August 31st Cornell graduate students from different countries such as Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, and the U.S. met to discuss their interests and goals at Mann Library. Each student had an impressive background with experience in … Continue reading

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