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Yamil Hernández, ’25, named Public Policy and International Affairs fellow

Yamil Hernández smiles as he stands in front of the Knott Humanities Center on Loyola's Evergreen campus

Yamil Manuelle Hernández Santos, ’25, was selected as a Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) fellow and will participate in the organization’s Junior Summer Institute, a six-week fully funded summer program that prepares students for the field of public service. Hernández will attend the program at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy.

“Through the PPIA fellowship, I will learn about the processes of shaping policy for the greater good of society, which will help prepare me for graduate school, law school, and for working in the government,” Hernández said. “This fellowship represents all the hard work I have put into my education and the result of others’ support and trust in me. It will open many doors for me to grow as a person, as a scholar, and as a professional.”

Loyola’s second Public Policy and International Affairs fellow, Hernández is majoring in global studies with minors in French, Latin American and Latino studies, and peace and justice studies. His interests include the intersectionality of culture, politics, economy, and international issues. Hernández is from Carolina, Puerto Rico.

“At Loyola, the global studies program has helped me look at the world with a complete understanding of our societies and the complexities of our cultures. This leads me to wanting to study how policy can shape better outcomes when we use it for better causes, like advocacy for equal rights,” Hernández said. “I will forever be grateful to my professors and friends for always encouraging me to do more.”

As part of the fellowship, Hernández will receive a $5,000 scholarship if he pursues his master’s degree at one of the 50 graduate institutions in the Public Policy and International Affairs Program’s graduate school consortium.

Last year, Juan López, ’24, was selected for the fellowship and attended the Junior Summer Institute at the University of Washington’s Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance.