This page highlights student projects from my Politics of the U.S. course, Rebels, Riots, and Revolutions course, and a summer-engaged research methods course titled Youth to Power: Activism and Research. Each course incorporates a civic and community engagement component into the curriculum.
Representation and the Media
Yami Villaronga, political science major and class of 2026, created a documentary on the representation of Latinx/Hispanic actors in the media with a focus on her hometown of Lawrence, MA.
Here is a link to a series of podcasts recorded by Merrimack College students. Topics range from elections, sports and Politics, libertarianism, fake news, and youth leadership.
Environmental Justice in Action
Valery Garcia, an early college student, designed a website to educate people on the environmental justice movement and the impact of climate change on communities of color.
Early College Student, Jerik Urena, developed a tool for youth to use in his local community to help young people cope with mental health challenges. This tool is called the "Gratitude Journal."
Social Justice Murals: Walking Tour
Yarielis Perez-Castillo, a health sciences major and class of 2024, geo-mapped a walking tour for middle schoolers of youth-created social justice murals around her hometown, Lawrence MA.
Youth Curriculum on Body Image
Omara Acosta, a Communication and Media Major, 2023' and Fabielys Martinez, an Education major, 2024', developed a curriculum for youth on body image issues and how to cope with negative self-talk.