Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Adriana Mirarchi '99 was the featured speaker for Packer's 106th Founders Day. Since 1911, the annual ceremony has honored the memory of founder Harriet Packer by giving students the opportunity to hear from a distinguished alumna or alumnus.
In her Chapel speech to the Upper School, Adriana spoke about her "lucky and inadvertent path from Packer, to Mount Holyoke College and Senegal, to France, the U.S. State Department's Diplomatic Security Service, and finally to Homeland Security Investigations, where [she is] now a special agent."
Adriana met with Upper School students in George Snook and Erland Zygmuntowicz's Advanced Topics history classes, in addition to the staff of Packer's student newspaper, The Prism. The classroom Q&A allowed students to ask her questions ranging from her favorite security detail during her time with the Diplomatic Security Services— Condoleezza Rice — to her thoughts on constitutional law and its effects or limits on her job as a federal investigator with the Department of Homeland Security. She also met with members of the Middle School Model UN club.
Read reflections from some of our Upper School students about their experience:
"Hearing Adriana Mirarchi speak about her experience in fighting human trafficking was upsetting, but also showed how impactful even one person like her can be, and how important it is to spread awareness about these issues. Her story of her path showed me that, despite how unsure of your future you may be, it is possible to make a true difference in the world." — Ella '18
"I had never thought about the fact that when working overseas as a government official, personal opinions on the U.S. politics or politicians was never part of the conversation. It makes complete sense, but as a student who is always encouraged to speak my mind, it didn't really occur to me until Ms. Mirarchi said it." — Isabel '18
"The chance to meet with Ms. Mirarchi in a smaller venue provided us with an opportunity to get more in depth about her career path and how her travels and degrees in French and psychology figured into her effectiveness as a field agent." — Connor '18
"I thought it was interesting that she said she was frustrated by the constitutional limitations on the exercise of police authority regarding civil liberties and thankful for them at the same time" — Liam '18