Carlos Padilla

FIU Government & Community Affairs; FIU Adam Smith Center for Economic Freedom


Major: International Relations & Political Science

Issue Area: Latin America


Carlos Padilla (he/him) is a senior at Florida International University and a student of the Honors College. He is pursuing a double major in Political Science and International Relations with a minor in Public Administration. He has been involved at FIU as a 2020 Peer Advisor, as the president and founder of the student organization Panther Dialectic, as a fellow in the Adam Smith Center for Economic Freedom, as a fellow at The Maurice A. Ferré Institute for Civic Leadership, and as an awarded travel team member for the FIU Model UN team ranked as #3 in the collegiate circuit.
Carlos was raised in Mexico, Colombia, and Spain, where he developed a strong passion for diplomacy, politics, and security, as well as the promotion of cosmopolitan education. He believes that in order to assure the prosperity of future generation, a combination of high-quality education with an effective multidisciplinary approach to security is needed. Hence, he has dedicated the foundation of his career to these efforts. As a Hamilton Scholar, Carlos plans to use his skills to promote partnership between the Department of Defense and FIU for the development of new technologies that will help to ensure the safety of our Hemisphere.