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Majaella Ruden, MA

Majaella Ruden is a Policy and Programs Advisor to the Director of the SAFE Center, Ambassador Susan Esserman. As a committed advocate for the rights of women, Latinos, and other historically marginalized communities, Majaella brings  a combination of think tank, nonprofit, and government experience. Her contributions to research, policy analysis, and program development have focused on topics ranging from  conflict transformation in Central America, migrant remittances in the Americas, the future of negotiations in Venezuela, and the human rights of older persons.  Majaella earned her Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and her Bachelor’s degree in Peace and Justice Studies from Wellesley College. Her undergraduate thesis focused on the Catholic Church’s efforts to combat femicide in Guatemala, and her graduate capstone project analyzed the in-country impact of the social media discourse of El Salvador’s president on violence against women and girls.

UMD SAFE Center Team Statement on Racial Injustice

The UMD SAFE Center decries the structural racism that remains as a toxic legacy of our country’s history and permeates our society today, and we are working to ensure that we are an actively anti-racist institution.