Dr. Victoria Mora

Episode 45: UWC Day ‘22: Peace Begins with Us

Meet Dr. Victoria Mora, president of the United World College-USA, one of the 18 schools in a global movement that makes education a force for peace and a sustainable future. 

Dr. Mora is a New Mexican whose passion for education was sparked by her mother and the bargain they stroke for 4-year-old Victoria to look at books while her siblings and her mom took their daily nap. Her family helped her nourish that desire to learn, and supported her so that she could become the first Latina to graduate with a PhD from Yale University. 

We talked about Victoria’s journey through higher education, and discussed how the narrative of the “first-generation” can be both inspiring and limiting, and she encourages us to pick and choose which stories we make our own. We also talked about how, regardless of their educational attainments, everyone deserves to be treated with respect. 

In celebration of UWC Day 2022, we discussed the theme: “Peace begins with us”, what it means to her, and how UWC aims to instill such values in the students that participate in the movement. 

We also talked about how a UWC education differs from the public high school education in the US, what the selection process is looking for in students, and the type of financial aid that is available to students all over the world! 

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