InteRDom: I’m here with Arisleyda Diloné, who is currently doing her Masters in International Relations at St. John’s University in New York. The university has a campus in Rome, which is where Arisleyda has been studying for the past year.
Hi Arisleyda. Maybe you could tell us a little bit about the two organizations that you’ve been working with here.
Arisleyda: I worked with the United Nations Association of the Dominican Republic and with the Center for National Commercial Business. At the United Nations Association I met people from all different backgrounds and assisted with C.I.L.A., the International Conference of the Americas, which united over 2000 young students to do a simulation of the United Nations.
At C.N.N.C., I assisted with negotiations between the Dominican Republic and Mercosur and the Dominican Republic and Taiwan.
InteRDom: You’ve also been working very, very hard writing your current thesis. What is the topic of that thesis?
Arisleyda: The topic of my thesis is DR-CAFTA, the Free Trade Agreement between the Dominican Republic, Central America and the U.S. I focus mainly on chapter 19, which is the implementation.
InteRDom: I understand you’ll be graduating very soon in May 2007. How do you picture yourself in the near future, once you’ve finished your internship?
Arisleyda: I see myself coming back here or going to a country where the educational systems needs support.
InteRDom: You’ve also been taking classes at UNIBE University. Do you want to tell us a little bit about what area you were focusing on?
Arisleyda: At UNIBE I am taking a class about Dominican History. It’s helped me appreciate Dominican culture a lot more. My professor Ruben Dario Gómez is extremely motivating, extremely exciting as a teacher and very educated.
InteRDom: It’s interesting that you mentioned exploring your own identity. Maybe you could tell people listening today a little bit about your personal history.
Arisleyda: My parents are of Dominican origin. They were born here, as was I. I was born in Santiago and I emigrated to the U.S. when I was seven. Coming back here has helped me appreciate and know my culture profoundly rather than superficially.
Arisleyda: I helped with the theaters and the speakers. The movies were extremely touching. I saw Tsotsi, Babel and Vete y Vive which were all foreign films and all extremely moving.
InteRDom: And your agenda for the next few days. What are you planning to do?
Arisleyda: I plan on finishing on helping with the negotiations about the Mercosur.
I also have a friend coming down from the U.S who I plan to show around. We have some organized activities with the InteRDom program to go to Isla Saona, which I’m really, really excited about.
InteRDom: It sounds like you’re having a great time in the Dominican Republic
Arisleyda: I am
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