Research Assistants

Dulce Boza

Dulce Boza received her BA in Political Science and Latin American Studies from the University of Florida as well as her MA in International Studies from the University of Miami. She carries more than 10 years’ experience as a Latin American Studies expert and has worked in over 9 countries. Prior to her arrival at the Metropolitan Center, Boza brings five years of experience in Latin American human and institutional capacity development, organizational effectiveness, workforce development, country and project management. She implemented and developed programs in disaster resiliency, humanitarian efforts, human rights advocacy, and strengthening civil society. She has forged strong partnerships and networks with ministries, NGOs, FBOs, donors and multinational agencies. Boza is now pursuing a PhD in International Relations at FIU. Her major sub-fields are security, foreign policy and the relationship of religion and International Relations.

Kaila Williams

Kaila Williams holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Jacksonville University. Before joining the Metropolitan Center, she worked for a statewide nonprofit agency focusing on financial growth, program development and implementation, and local federal advocacy initiatives. Currently Kaila is pursuing a PhD in Public Affairs from Florida International University. Her research interests include community development, public policy and program analysis and evaluation, and neighborhood and community responses to vulnerable populations such as elder adults, individuals with disabilities, and those in extreme poverty.