Voting in Texas Panel
Texas State University Alumnae discuss their opinions of the upcoming elections for Texans. View the 35 minute video below and read more about the panelists.
Voting in Texas Panel Video
Dr. Rosina Ruiz Valle
She is an accomplished public school educator currently working in higher education. Dr. Valle is a Program Coordinator at Texas State University with a Ph.D. in School Improvement. She has initiated fundraising efforts for the San Marcos Education Foundation which resulted in funding for three years and she spearheaded new community and business partners to assist teachers and principals program which increased mentorship and funding student field trips.
Karen Muñoz, Texas State alumna, co-founded an immigrant rights organization in Hays County called Mano Amiga. Since formation, Mano Amiga has successfully urged San Marcos City Council to file an amicus brief in the lawsuit against the state in response to Senate Bill 4; successfully fought for the release for immigrants from detention centers; held fundraisers to help DACA recipients pay filing fees; successfully pushed San Marcos City Council to pass a cite and release ordinance; created a bail fund; and created a fund for undocumented families excluded from the CARES Act. Karen is a second year law student at St. Mary's in San Antonio.
Mariana Zamora lives and works in Austin, Texas, as a licensed social worker and Program Coordinator at Con Mi MADRE, a two-generation organization dedicated to providing support services for young Latinas and their mothers as they pursue and persist through higher education. Before entering the professional field, Mariana was a student at Texas State University where she earned her bachelor and master degree in social work. As a student she was Charter President of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Collegiate Council #22193 and was elected as an At-Large Senator for Student Government. Her involvement with these organizations gave her the opportunity to learn more about issues impacting the Latinx community and other underrepresented groups. With a strong interest in policy and advocacy work, Mariana served as a city council campaign treasurer for her first campaign in 2015. In 2017, she ran for public office at the age of 21. Mariana is passionate about education and empowering youth in the Latinx community. She currently serves as a Board Member for Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos, and aspires to work in spaces where she can uplift the voices of those who often aren't heard.