CILIA MARIA RUIZ-PAZ OF FAIRFIELD IS DISTRICT 6000's
NEWEST PEACE SCHOLAR
Cilia Maria Ruiz-Paz was born in 1985 in Barranquilla, Colombia, South America. When she was eight years old, her family moved to Fairfield, Iowa. Cilia's introduction to the Rotary Club of Fairfield came in 2003 when she applied to become a Rotary Youth Exchange student and she landed in Mortagne-au-Perche, Normandy. Cilia returned from France, graduated from Fairfield High School and attended Iowa State University where she acquired double majors in psychology and international studies, and double minors in criminal justice and French, while in the ISU Honors Program. Her education and experiences led to her first professional position at the command center of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Washington.
She wishes to take her life experiences, language skills and social activism and apply them to advocate for peace. The skills acquired through a Rotary International Peace Fellowship will enhance her effectiveness as a peace and conflict resolution advocate in regards to solving conflicts related to resource allocation and exploitation at a global level. Cilia will study at International Christian University in Japan with academic emphasis on international organization law and security. We wish her the very best!
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