From the president

Adrianna Montoya, a junior Public Administration major at Texas State University, is an active and engaged civic leader within the campus community. She is involved in the Honors College, the Office of Sustainability as the Community Involvement Intern, the President for Texas Rising, and other roles. The value of civic engagement was instilled in her at a young age and continues to be reflected through her many involvements. Driven by her belief that increasing access and representation into the political process is the key to social change, Ms. Montoya is a strong advocate in breaking down barriers for her fellow college students’ civic participation. She has lived that belief through organizing forums, meet-and-greets, orientation meetings on state politics, voter registration stations, tours of local government centers, and get-out-the-vote rallies. She balances the realities of the complex social issues she works to solve with passionate enthusiasm and vibrant hope for future remedies through the act of civic engagement. She is a shining example of service for and within one’s community.

Kelly Damphousse

President

Texas State University

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Personal Statement

Growing up in a family of educators, I began understanding the importance of civic engagement at a young age. I remember when I was a child and my parents would take me with them when they voted in local elections, and as I stood by them at the ballot box, I felt proud that I too could someday participate in the democratic process. Today I understand how the system I admired as a child is often inequitable in many ways, but this knowledge has only driven me further to fight for representation and lead a life of public service. Since beginning my education at Texas State University, I have hosted get-out-the-vote rallies with Beto O’Rourke and Senator Bernie Sanders, spoken at numerous city government meetings, led voter registration drives, and created voter education programs all to inspire others to be the change they want to see in their community. I know it often seems like this country’s problems are too big to solve, but I also know that a better world is possible because I have witnessed the power of organized people firsthand. I choose to define my civic leadership simply by helping others see this power too.

Adriana Montoya

Public Administration

Texas State University