School of International Service – Master of International Economic Relations

Nataly Cruz-Castillo (she/her/hers) is pursuing a Master’s in International Economic Relations with a regional concentration in Asia at the School of International Service.  

Nataly completed her Bachelor’s in Government and Politics with at the University of Maryland with a focus on international politics. While an undergraduate, Nataly was active in the Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy as the first Native American Community Organizing Advocacy Intern, a member of the American Indian Student Union, was the External Liaison for the Council of Latinx Student Organizations, and was also a Core Group Facilitator for the MOSAIC Diversity Retreat at the University of Maryland. During her time at the University of Maryland, she coordinated and launched the first Native American Heritage Month Monologues where indigenous and students from various backgrounds, through performances and spoken word, spoke on their experiences as being a minority in the United States and in college. Nataly continues to support the undergraduate students at her Alma Mater and hopes to support graduate students at American University.

Before attending American University, Nataly spent a year and a half working for the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia as a Intake Coordinator assisting the Spanish-speaking population attain free legal services. She also worked as a researcher for the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of the Japanese government. Nataly was also a national committee member for the Political Education Initiative and Gender Identity Task Force for her sorority, Lambda Theta Alpha Latin Sorority, Incorporated, where she assisted in creating educational programing regarding political involvement and gender inclusivity. She currently works in researcher services as the Researcher Registration Assistant at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Capitol Hill.

Nataly is excited to work with the Graduate Leadership Council and how students can get involved in their community.

When Nataly is not at work or in the Graduate Research Center working on assignments, she can be found eating her way through the DMV area.