Felipe Félix Méndez ‘22 is a rising junior from Panama and Uruguay concentrating in International and Public Affairs (Development). His interest in Latin America and the Caribbean comes from his family ties to several countries in the region, as well as lived experiences growing up and studying in an international school in Panama City. Felipe came to Brown to explore his passion for finding pragmatic, inclusive, and interdisciplinary solutions to the complex challenges facing the world today. To him, geographical, cultural and temporal context is a crucial aspect in determining the effectiveness of policies. Thus, Felipe looks to engage with these ideas through courses taught by CLACS-affiliated scholars, the Center’s programming, and Portuguese language classes. At Brown, he has served as Teaching Assistant of “Economic Development in Latin America,” member of the Watson Institute’s Student Advisory Committee, and volunteered as a Tutor with the Brown Refugee Youth Tutoring and Enrichment Program. Outside of academics, he enjoys listening to and playing music, and watching football (soccer).