Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

UT-Austin Student Leveraging Knowledge for the Social Good

Magazine article The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education

UT-Austin Student Leveraging Knowledge for the Social Good

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Paulina Sosa is passionale about changing the world. The fifth-year senior began at the University of Texas (UT)-Austin in 2008 as a philosophy major with every intention of entering law school, Since then, she has added psychology as a. second major, completed the intellectual Entrepreneurship (IE) PreGraduale Internship, become a congressional district leader for (lie OXE Campaign, become an intern in Sen. John Comyn's office, been named UT-Austin representative for the Clinton Global Initiative and assumed leadership of the IE Citizen Scholars.

Along the way, Sosa decided that she would like to merge her passion for global health and policy with a master's degree in public health.

"My dream really is to become a policy analyst with a government agency that focuses on providing and finding solutions for extreme poverty in the poorest countries," said Sosa.

She is well on her way through her work with the ONE Campaign. ONIi is a grass-roots advocacy and campaigning organization that fights extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa, by raising public awareness and pressuring political leaders to support smart and effective policies and programs that are saving lives, helping to put kids in school and improving futures. The organization works around a core of nine issues including health and infectious diseases, water and sanitation, agriculture, and education.

"I am basically a community organizer for different congressional districts in Austin," Sosa explained. She has established a leadership committee of seven and has gathered volunteers to partner with about 20 different nonprofit groups in Austin, including Comfort the Children International, 10,000 Villages, Safe Place and Oxfam Action Corps. "There is so much activism in this city yet so many people who don't understand or care about the impact of poverty around the world. For me Io come to grips, I must understand the mindset instead of being intolerant I'm doing what T can to raise awareness," she said.

Rick Cherwilz, professor of communications and the founder and director of the Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium, winch is part of the Division of Diversity arid Community Engagement at UT-Auslin, said, "Paulina represents die very essence of what we mean by a citizen scholar, someone wfio leverages knowledge for social good. Tier work in the community typifies the philosophy of Intellectual Entrepreneurship. extending conventional notions of service to encompass academic engagement - the integration of thinking and doing "

Sosa sees her experience in the IE PreGraduate Internship and IE Citizen Scholars as part of her educational experience that has prepared her to make a difference. …

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