Tulane University sophomore Manuela Gaviria.
Tulane University sophomore Manuela Gaviria.

Scholar Promotes Environmental Awareness on International Radio Program

Winter 2014 | New Orleans

Manuela Gaviria, a sophomore in the first New Orleans Posse at Tulane University, helped produce a radio program during her summer internship with Build a Better Planet, an organization that advocates for sustainable living around the world. The weekly program featured Spanish language segments to promote environmental awareness and reached Latino audiences from New York to Portugal.

Manuela researched, wrote, interviewed and edited segments for air while learning about radio production. She even had the opportunity to interview Bruno Massote, the president of recycling company TerraCycle Brazil, to discuss how the company promotes environmental awareness in the workplace.

“We are so proud of the extraordinary work Manuela did for Build a Better Planet,” says Posse New Orleans Director Monica Sylvain. “She continues to distinguish herself as a Posse Scholar.”

A neuroscience major, Manuela works in a lab at the Cancer Research Center in downtown New Orleans, plays for Tulane’s intramural volleyball team, and is an active member of a Latino organization on campus. She is proud to have contributed to environmental awareness while learning skills that will be invaluable to her in the future.  

“This internship helped me discover that I can talk to people easily,” says Manuela. “I want to be a doctor and that skill will help me connect with patients.”