Four Dominican Professionals Begin Internships with the Organization of American States

June 12, 2009

As part of a continued effort to strengthen collaboration between the Dominican Republic and the Organization of American States, Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE), and its sister organization in the United States, Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD), are offering four young Dominican professionals the opportunity to intern with various departments of the Organization of American States.

All four interns have been
carefully selected for their interests in international relations. The interns, who recently arrived to Washington, DC, will be carrying-out valuable work that will be to the benefit of the Dominican Republic.

Eva Hiraldo is working with the Chief Librarian of the Columbus Memorial Library on metadata. Later on in her internship she will be digitalizing already existing graphic material related to the Dominican Republic, such as photos of OAS events held in the country
dating back to the 1930s, historical photos of public celebrations from the Trujillo era, and other more recent documents. This project is not only demonstrative of GFDD and FUNGLODE’s commitment to the objectives of the Organization of American States, it also contributes to reinforcing Dominican national identity and highlights the important role the country plays in hemispheric affairs.

The resulting historical data will be accessible on Portal, the first initiative to compile accurate and relevant information from and about the Dominican Republic in a single site. The detailed, comprehensive and interactive website contains relevant written and audiovisual material related to the geography, history, economy, education, culture and ecology of the Dominican Republic.

Braudin Eusebio and Roselina Pérez will work for the Department of External Relations of the OAS, where they will employ their
skills in the areas of television and film production. The agreement between GFDD and FUNGLODE and the OAS will facilitate GFDD and FUNGLODE’s access to valuable audiovisual material that can be used for footage in the production of regular television programs like “Juventud Global” and other documentary projects realized by the Global Media Arts Institute (GMAI).

Evelyne Hernández will work with the Education Department, conducting
essential research for a joint GFDD-FUNGLODE-OAS project proposal called “Teacher To Teacher” (TTT). The project will provide training on multiculturalism to Dominican and Haitian teachers, both in the classroom and online. A total of 80 teachers will participate in this pilot program. The program reflects advanced pedagogical and anthropological inputs. The primary goals of the training are to develop empathy and solidarity amongst Dominican and Haitian
teachers and provide educators with resources and skills that can be used to facilitate teaching on diversity.

This program reinforces GFDD and FUNGLODE’s support of the Organization of American States’ goals and objectives and strengthens the partnership between the institutions.