Introduction: Undergraduate Research Assistant Romulo Cabrera

Hello, my name is Romulo Cabrera, an Undergraduate Research Assistant at the Public Policy Center at Umass UMass Dartmouth. I come from Lawrence, Massachusetts, and am pursuing a degree in political science. I enjoy watching and playing soccer, as well as observing the developments happening within Latin America, especially Ecuador.

Working at the Public Policy Center will provide me with first-hand experience that is vital with what I want to achieve later on in my life. I would like to run for public office, both locally and federally. My goal is to run for Mayor of Lawrence and be able to provide opportunities to my city. Also, my end goal is to at least run for President of the United States.

After my undergraduate degree, I would like to further my education with a Ph.D. in political science. I am grateful for the opportunity that I have been granted and I am looking forward to collaborating with my colleges to help develop better policies for the public.

John F. Kennedy has been a very influential figure in my life, although I have never met him, I feel as if I can carry on his legacy. He showed the country how to defy the odds by becoming the first Irish & Catholic president in a predominantly Protestant country. Now, it is my goal to lead this wonderful country as the first Hispanic president.

I try to strive for everything with this one memorable quote by John F. Kennedy:
“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try”.

Introduction: Undergraduate Research Assistant Tobey DaSilva

Hello everyone! My name is Tobey DaSilva and I am an Undergraduate Research Assistant here at the Public Policy Center. I am currently a sophomore at UMass Dartmouth who is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in marketing and a minor study in photography and videography. Outside of school and work, I enjoy spending my free time playing the piano, taking photos, and spending as much time as possible with my close friends. As a Westport native, I have gained an immense appreciation for the natural world around us, and how vital its health is to our economy and wellbeing.

What inspired me to join the Public Policy Center’s team was the way they help the voiceless members of our surrounding communities through their research and analysis, which helps shed a light on issues that most people are entirely unaware of. It has always surprised me that in the age of digital information sharing, the global issues are magnified and studied, yet the area where one lives could be ignored entirely.

I have always loved New England. Whether it be because of the four seasons, or the distinct culture that east coasters share, my heart has never failed to find a home in this sometimes cold, but always beautiful region. That is why I am excited to work at this establishment. My placement as an Undergraduate Research Assistant will allow me to not only learn about the issues facing our communities, but it will also help me work towards improving them.

To summarize, I leave you with this quote by the great Henry David Thoreau. “How vain is it to sit down and write, when you have not stood up to live.”