Expanding Leadership: Civic and Electoral Participation in Underrepresented Communities


Friday, April 29, 2016, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ash Center Foyer, 124 Mt. Auburn St., Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

Ash Center Student Speaker Series

In the final Student Speaker Series event of the year, Norma Torres Mendoza and Jiachen Sarah Zhang will explore themes of participation, civic leadership, and political representation as they highlight their capstone PAE research projects. Norma’s work evaluating the outcomes of Mi Familia Vota, an organization which aims to foster civic leadership in Latino/a communities, focused on fostering civic leadership in 120 young Latinos in Texas and California. Sarah’s project, like Norma’s, looked at increasing representation and participation in another underrepresented group—in her case, female political candidates. She worked with the Barbara Lee Foundation to develop and test social media strategies for women running for public office.


Norma Torres Mendoza, MPP ‘16
Jiachen Sarah Zhang, MPP ‘16


About the Series

The Ash Center Student Speaker Series highlights and explores the implications and lessons learned from the research projects or applied learning experiences of Harvard University students supported by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Each week, we invite two students to offer brief remarks on their work, or a response to one another’s work, and then open the table for discussion. The series will take place each Friday at noon in the Ash Center foyer, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North. Lunch will be provided.