Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Oriana Van Praag

Student Assistant



Oriana is a sophomore student at Brown University concentrating in Development Studies with a focus on Latin America. A native of Caracas, she served as vice-secretary of the Venezuelan International Model United Nations. Upon completion of her high school degree, she pursued the International Baccalaureate at United World College of Costa Rica, where she served as academic director of the Model United Nations and led workshops on mediation and conflict transformation. In 2015, Oriana was recognized as a Davis-Mahindra International Scholar for her outstanding performance in academic and extracurricular activities. At Brown, she served as a staff writer for the Brown Political Review and is currently working with the Brown Immigrant Rights Coalition and with Signs of Providence, a project against the criminalization of panhandling in Rhode Island. Oriana has also collaborated with a journalist investigating the conditions of Central American asylum seekers in the United States with the support of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.