Monthly Archives: May 2017

On the Need to Stay Humble

By Trang-Thu (Mimi) Duong, intern in the office of Representative Gene Wu The culture that exists in the Texas Capitol gives a new meaning to my understanding of cultural competency (or cultural humility). Being in this building, in a place … Continue reading

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‘Til Next Time

By Erin Eriksen, intern in the Texas Legislative Study Group Everything seems too raw and imminent right now to have any kind of reaction to my experience in this internship that doesn’t sound desperate or overly maudlin. While our work … Continue reading

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Don’t Let Women’s Rights Get Left Behind

by Melissa Davila, intern in the office of Representative Jessica Farrar It has been almost 140 days since the 85th Legislative Session started, but it feels like it just started yesterday. I remember the day I spoke to my family … Continue reading

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Empowered and Relieved

by Arielle Day, intern in the Texas Legislative Study Group Empowered and relieved are the primary emotions I am experiencing as Sine Die, the last day of session, approaches. My classmates and I embarked upon this journey knowing that we … Continue reading

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Matters of Personal Privilege

by Joel Kissell, intern in the Texas Legislative Study Group The first major hurdle towards the end of the Texas legislative session is over. At midnight, on Thursday, May 11th, any bill originating in the House of Representatives was effectively … Continue reading

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Nevertheless, She persisted.

by Elsa Mendoza, intern in the office of Senator Sylvia Garcia Before I started this journey, my biggest concern was that I would be placed in an office that had dissimilar ideologies than my own. I was convinced I would … Continue reading

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Senate Bill 4- Impact, Implications, and Emotions

By Andrea Elizondo, intern in the Texas Legislative Study Group, and Chenelle Hammonds, intern in the University of Houston Office of Governmental Relations On May 7, 2017 Texas Governor Greg Abbott officially signed into law SB 4, authored by Republican … Continue reading

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