B.A., Texas Christian University, Political Science (minors in Psychology, Spanish) 2019
Graduating from Texas Christian University with a degree in Political Science and minors in Psychology and Spanish, Laredo dove into involvement from the first day, eventually co-founding a student media platform, co-founding a student chapter of Toastmasters International, and being selected to student government all four years. While in student government, he co-chaired the university’s first campus initiative to promote diversity and inclusion in addition to serving on the student government executive board. In addition to political achievements on campus, he worked in the university’s social psychology laboratory, researching and presenting findings on social cues and immunocompetence, before moving to a research role within a department’s cognitive psychology lab post-graduation. As a student at TCU, he also interned at the City of Fort Worth mayor’s office before being hired as the full-time Staff Aide in the fall of 2019, assisting in policy development, speech writing, event planning, and other tasks for the 12th largest city in the U.S. His tenure with the mayor’s office included numerous research opportunities for the city, such as implementation of EVTOL vehicles and the NAFTA renegotiations’ effect on the Dallas-Fort Worth area, to streamlining and serving as chief of staff to the city’s internship program, all while maintaining cohesion and communication among the mayor’s staff as a whole.
In addition to research and service, Laredo received a Certificate of Excellence in Intensive Courses in Culture, Language, and History from the University of Granada in Spain. Study of language and psychology was his first inspiration for studying international relations and human coexistence, but exposure to the city of Granada’s centuries-old concept of coexistence put this into practice. Upon graduation from the University of Georgia’s Master of International Policy program, Laredo plans to work in international or government consultancy before pursuing a diplomacy or ambassador role.
Laredo’s research interests align mostly with global security and current international relations with regards to coexistence of historical cultures, particularly in the Eurozone and Latin America. An undergraduate background in psychology influenced his interest in interaction among cultures and individuals, which on a macro scale can be applied to foreign policy. His undergraduate thesis for TCU’s John V. Roach Honors College concerned the factors that differentiate protest from revolution.