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Lara is the Communications Assistant at the Democracy & Belonging Forum. With a degree in Ethics & Politics and a minor in Civic Engagement from Bard College Berlin, her professional and academic journey is centered at the intersection of arts and social justice, specifically within the realm of communications. Lara brings a background in Theater of the Oppressed, shadow puppetry, and storytelling as powerful tools for collective healing and bridging differences. Beyond her professional and artistic pursuits, Lara’s academic curiosity extends into the philosophical realm, exploring questions surrounding trust, surveillance, and the societal impact of AI-driven algorithms.