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Melissa is a senior at the University of San Diego pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a double minor in Philosophy and Gender Studies. Her life experiences have culminated within her a passion for women’s rights, human rights, and civic engagement. She strives to advance these issues in the realm of public policy with clear, yet intricate solutions. Her research experience includes analyzing United States foreign policy and the role it plays in the sphere of International Women’s rights. Currently, she is working on finding the roots of feminicide in Mexico. She has also participated in activist movements in Mexico fighting against state impunity in regards to violence against women and plans to do so throughout Latin America.
Flaws with the Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Frameworks

Flaws with the Pro-Life and Pro-Choice Frameworks

There is no question that abortion is a controversial issue. For many, it was Hillary Clinton’s and Donald Trump’s views on abortion that led them to vote the way they did. But it has only been relatively recent in the timeline of the fight for women’s reproductive rights that abortion has become so black and white in mainstream politics.  According ... Read More »

Dear Youth, Start Voting for a Better Tomorrow

Dear Youth, Start Voting for a Better Tomorrow

The United States 2016 presidential campaign and political events going on globally have demonstrated that today’s youth are unhappy with institutional and structural injustices set by the precedent of our ancestors. Equal access to education, human rights, women’s rights, and climate change are polarizing topics our generation has striven to fight and die for. Given our multifaceted and diverse interests ... Read More »