Conducting research on social integration of religious minorities, Mariana Rosca thinks that diversity is key in an association such as the MCAA. We met her to see how she plans to get involved as a new Board Member.
Mariana Rosca, in her own words
With a Bachelor’s in economy and sociology from Academy of Economic Studies of Moldova, I received a Master’s degree in advanced European and International Studies in 2007 from the Institut Européen des Hautes Études Internationales (Nice, France) and a Masters in Global Development and Social Justice in 2012 from St. John’s University (New York, US).
Later, I was enrolled in two PhD programmes: PhD in Social Philosophy at the History Institute (Chisinau, Republic of Moldova) and the PhD programme on Human Rights: Ethical, Social and Political Challenges at the University of Deusto (Bilbao, Spain).
Now I have two PhDs, and one with international mention.
Newcomer to the MCAA Board, Mariana already has a significant background. “I think my experience can be useful for the MCAA. I was working for the regional and national public administrations, where I got experience in policy development, strategic planning and drafting and implementation of the action plans, as well as preparing and implementation of various transnational projects,” she says.
What’s more, Mariana has been active in various academic networks, such as the International Migration Research Network PhD Network as well as in a volunteering association, in which she drafted projects’ proposals and was in charge of projects’ implementation.
Getting inspired by the MCAA teamwork
Having attended the MCAA General Assembly in 2018, Mariana explains that her motivation to get involved within the Association came from the inspiration she took from the members.
“I was impressed by the MCAA, the team and their work,” she says with enthusiasm.
Mariana joined several chapters simultaneously, which sparked her interest in getting involved more deeply. “The friendly talks, combined with the activities, strengthened my interest and subsequent decision to join the Board,” she adds.
As a new Board Member, Mariana plans to consolidate the work done by the previous Board, but she is willing to develop new ideas too.
Focusing on diversity
With her research focused on the social integration of religious minorities, Mariana hopes to work on this topic within the Association as well. “As my research passion is linked with diversity (cultural, religious, etc.), I would like to contribute to the MCAA by making it a place where all can feel part of a place of belonging and as inclusive as possible,” she explains.
In a nutshell, Mariana sees her election as an MCAA Board Member as an opportunity, as well as a challenge. Nevertheless, she warmly thanks the members for having voted for her!
MCAA Editorial Team