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Isabela Schmidt


Class of: 2026
Hometown: Avaré, Brazil
School: Peabody College of Education and Human Development
Major(s): Human and Organizational Development and Economics
Minors(s): Business and Data Science

From a small countryside town in Brazil, Isabela could glimpse the mightiness of the world through her Waldorf education - a German study methodology focused on interdisciplinary approaches to self-development and service. It bred in her a restless curiosity about how things could be in her conservative hometown if teenagers like her had spaces to express their understanding of the world and gather to shape it. A self-starter, she founded Girls For The World, a social-project incubator that empowered young people to understand the dynamics of inequality and mitigate them. Alongside leading Little Drops of Good, an NGO that develops socio-emotional learning in kids from vulnerable backgrounds, she fell in love with youth development. As an Ingram scholar, Isabela can support the following generations by applying Emergency Pedagogy as a trauma-healing response internationally, helping kids affected by humanitarian crises regain their rights to a healthy and dignified life. Proud to thread a path nobody from her background has ever gone before, she walks as a statement of the spaces dreamers and activists can occupy.