Silvia studies the multi-level factors that influence the development of citizenship competencies in young people, and apply this knowledge designing, implementing and evaluating the effect citizenship education programs with at-risk students in international settings. Silvia is the founder of Juegos de Paz in Colombia, an education for peace program that has been implemented in 35 rural schools of areas highly affected by violence. Prior to coming to HGSE, she conducted clinical and research work with victims and perpetrators from the Colombian armed conflict, including former child soldiers, paramilitary and guerrilla members that were in the process of reintegration to civic society. Silvia is a fellow at the Edmund J. Safra Center for Ethics and is currently finishing her doctoral studies in Human Development and Education at Harvard. Silvia holds a MA in Prevention Science and Practice from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and BA degrees in Psychology and Philosophy from the University of Los Andes in Colombia.