Pablo Avila

Systems Transformation Summer Intern
Pablo Avila (he/him) has a longstanding commitment to providing services for communities in need. Before starting his university education, Pablo worked on international community service projects in Bogotá, Colombia and Ensenada, Mexico. He volunteered at ‘Youth With a Mission’ and during his time there, partnered with rehabilitation centers, orphanages, and other services within overlooked communities to identify their current resources and lack thereof to better address their needs.

These direct-service experiences taught Pablo how to gather information through constant communication with the communities’ leaders, and identify and address the problem through clear and measurable steps. This experience sparked Pablo’s love and passion in how systems- level policy and funding decisions can most effectively be used to address local and international social issues. Pablo decided to move to Memphis at the beginning of 2023 to pursue his Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and International and Global Studies, with a minor in Spanish, at the University of Memphis. In his studies, Pablo has conducted several research projects, studying different local communities and the impact that globalization has had on them. Pablo is excited to be a part of the Consilience team this summer and further his knowledge in different anthropological areas.