2019 PDSA - Victoria Carvalho Salles

Victoria Carvalho Salles

Victoria Carvalho Salles

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania | Diplomacy and Global Politics Major

Victoria is active on campus in ways we've come to expect of our top students at Miami. She is a member of the Alexander Hamilton Society, the Water Polo Club, and a sorority.  She is also the president of the Portuguese Club and founder and president of Claws with a Cause, which focuses on reducing the cat overpopulation and abandonment problem in Oxford.  However, it is her deep commitment to social justice that sets her apart and is why we are recognizing her.

Before leaving her native country of Brazil to start school at Miami, Victoria founded the Octavarium Project, which works to raise money and awareness for education inequality in the country. She still runs this organization, though she is here in Ohio. This interest in education disparity influenced her research into funding disparities of Cincinnati high schools, which received recognition from the Ohio Association of Economists and Political Scientists. Another research project Victoria is currently working on focuses on gendered violence in Brazil.  These projects exemplify her passion for social justice and equity.