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This is a new genre that some of the students in PO 2302 Civic Engagement & Social Action decided to attempt above and beyond their actual assignment to help our class design ways to disseminate their research and presentations beyond our small group. To qualify to publish, students had to further edit their work and make the presentation more engaging by following a story arc and by removing most text and adding transition and morphing effects wherever possible. I am grateful to my entire class this Fall 2022 for taking on this challenge and for working above and beyond their course requirements to help us experiment with a new format for publishing on the StMU Research Scholars website Project coordinated by Dr Brad Whitener.

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  • I like this article. It says about the influence of women in politics. And i like hearing about this topic. It always makes me think about the fairness of society. After reading this article I can refresh my mind and think about this topic again. Thank you for introducing this article to me. Nice job ! I would like to recommend this article to my friend.

  • Sebastian Hernandez-Soihit

    Very strong piece that highlights the influence of women in politics, more so here in Texas. Love the format as well, and enjoyed the images going hand in hand with the audio!

  • Alexis Zepeda

    Hello! Congratulations on a great publication! It is so powerful to hear stories about such strong women making a difference in politics. DACA is such an important program that has been in danger of being let go, so hearing her fight for this program is reassuring to say the least. I think in this publication, you have captured her story well and have inspired people to be active in their political communities. Great job!

  • Juan Aguirre Ramirez

    Sarah, I really enjoyed your article about Erika Andiola, and congratulations on your nomination! It’s inspiring to hear about a fearless Latina woman who stands up for her convictions and empowers others to do the same. Learning about her struggles and how she overcame obstacles gives hope to all women to keep fighting and pressing forward. I also appreciated how you highlighted her efforts to make politics more accessible to the Hispanic community. Erika Andiola is a role model for current and future generations of women, and it’s great to see more women breaking through patriarchal barriers. Well done!

  • Olivia Flores

    Congrats Sarah this is such a great video. I love that you chose a strong women in politics. It is so important for us to become more aware of these women and their accomplishments. She has such an inspiring story that she came here from Mexico under such difficult circumstances, and now she fights for those who were in the same position as her. Thank you for allowing us to take part in her story as it truly is one that is so inspiring.

  • Priscilla Vargas

    Congrats Sarah on your nomination. I enjoyed learning about this fearless, female latina. It’s important, for not only latinas, but all women, to have a conviction and the courage to voice it. Hearing a story of struggles and overcoming obstacles can give others hope to keep up the good fight, to keep pressing forward and to believe good will come from that. Congrats again and well done.

  • Kayla Braxton-Young

    This is really an amazing video. The video’s setup is excellent, in my opinion. It’s different now.  The story being communicated is quite potent. Because it applies to both me and many of the people I know, I truly dig reading articles like this. We must continue to highlight pieces that are educational about women who have faced challenges but also overcame them to improve their communities. This is a really interesting video.

  • Jocelyn Elias

    First of all congratulations on your nomination I really enjoyed listening to your PowerPoint. I think Erika Andiola is really making it accessible for Hispanics and is also a really hard-working and empowering woman, that the Hispanic Community can see as a figure of a role model for future generations and even current generations. Great to see that there are women out there opening the path for young women and women are trying to break out of the patriarchal way of thinking wonderful article.

  • Shecid Sanchez

    Congratulations on your nomination! I really enjoyed listening to your article it was definitely different from other articles. I love anything that talks about powerful strong woman. I love how more and more articles are popping up and getting the recognition it deserves.

  • Dejah Garcia

    What a great article Sarah ! Congratulations on your nomination ! I enjoyed reading your article! The topic of female empowerment always touches my heart and gets me emotional. Overall your article was great congratulations on your nomination again best of luck 🙂

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