Sara Del Valle

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Sara Del Valle graduated from the University of Delaware in 2019 with a dual degree in Management and Women and Gender Studies. She knew she had a passion for public service, but was unsure about how she should best pursue this passion until she completed internships in the non-profit, public, and private sectors. Through these experiences, she learned of her love of lifting up those who feel unheard and helping community members find the best solutions to challenges that make use of their unique strengths. She enjoys community engagement opportunities and thrives off of learning different perspectives. Sara wants to pursue these passions through a career in local government. In her free time, Sara can be found hiking with her service dog and participating in local service opportunities. She is thankful and excited for the opportunity to be a part of SPIA and the MPA Program at the University of Georgia.

Education

Bachelor of Science | University of Delaware | 2019 | Management
Bachelor of Arts | University of Delaware | 2019 | Women and Gender Studies

During her undergraduate experience at the University of Delaware, Sara performed research on identity development in queer and disabled students and how various environmental and policy factors influence these students. Her degree in Women and Gender Studies helped to open her eyes to a wide range of inequities and disadvantages facing many groups around the world, and reinforced her dedication to servant leadership and helping those unheard voices be recognized. At the same time, her degree in Management has helped her to building valuable problem solving and analytic skills to address a wide variety of challenges using the most effective and efficient methods. Working as an RA for three years, Sara developed strong skills in facilitating critical conversations, encouraging perspective taking, and finding common ground in conflict situations. After building these skills, in her senior year, she led a cultural immersion and service learning trip to the Dominican Republic with the non-profit Yspaniola to increase knowledge and critical thinking about the education, human rights, and political issues facing certain communities. Throughout leading this trip, she focused on giving primacy to the voices and lived experiences of individuals living in the Dominican Republic and establishing cultural humility among the participating students.

 

 

More About

At this time, Sara would like to pursue a career in local government, improving citizen efficacy and voice, and working to provide the most efficient and effective solutions to the dynamic challenges facing our communities today.

Work experience:
Office of Governor John Carney, Winter Intern 2019 City of Colorado Springs Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Services, Summer Intern 2017 Leadership Pikes Peak, Summer Intern 2016

Of Note

University of Delaware, Telkes Distinguished Scholar, 2015-2019

Research Interests

Sara is interested in participatory action research methods to explore community member voice, civic and community engagement and efficacy, efficient and effective public management, and asset based community development.