Social justice and activism are embedded into my core. A world full of suffering, strife,and squalor are my motivation to provide the most marginalized communities with resources and support. Throughout my life I’ve used my innate ability to communicate as a tool to help close disparities and empower people who feel disillusioned by living on the periphery of mainstream society. This summer I had the opportunity to intern for Google.org on the clean energy advocacy team which exposed me to the many environmental injustices that have had deleterious effects on the Earth and her inhabitants. Moreover, being a part of team that shapes the message that guides the acts of reaching carbon neutrality, producing renewable energy, and offsetting hazardous emissions has shown me that the world is in dire need of “eco-justice”.
As an American citizen I believe that I have an obligation to help determine the trajectory of this nation through service and policy. But more importantly, as a human being and a denizen of the global community I know that I have an obligation to ensure equality and justice for all.
Since spring quarter of my freshman year, I have worked very closely with Dr. Cathy Cohen, Political Scientist and principal investigator of the Black Youth Project. Her keen insight and analysis on gender, sexuality, race, and politics has inspired the topic of my bachelor’s thesis: Understanding how Black Americans between the ages of 15-25 use social networking sites and blogs as discursive spaces for political deliberation. I want to understand why those of us with higher access to information technology were more inclined to engage in political dialogue. However, the flaw in my research methodology was that I only thought about the overt forms of disenfranchisement like lack of disposable income or unequal access to computers. I did not think on a more microlevel about the issues that go unseen but are just as egregious.