Texas Border Business
By Letty Fernandez
AUSTIN, TEXAS – Denisce Palacios, a senior at UTRGV, has been selected as one of the #TribFest19 social media ambassadors. The former president of the UTRGV Student Government Association joins 20 promising young leaders from across Texas who will serve as on-the-ground student correspondents at the Texas Tribune Festival, Sept. 26 –Sept. 28, in Austin.
“The first time I came to the Texas Tribune Festival was three years ago as a member of the UTRGV Student Government Association,” Palacios said. “I was amazed by the access we had to all the speakers – renowned journalists, presidential candidates, congressional and state legislators.
They had a lot of fun, she said, but the lessons learned were the most important part of the experience. “We left having a better understanding of national and local politics’ effects on our community. I’m super excited to come back to Austin representing UTRGV as a Texas Tribune Social Media Ambassador,” Palacios said.
The festival kicks, organized by the Texas Tribune, draws thousands of participants to the state capital for a four-day, jam-packed event featuring insightful panel discussions, debates, keynote addresses and community conversations, all focused on and around politics and public policy in Texas and nationally.
“Now, I get to come back and get to listen to these amazing speakers while representing my university,” Palacios said. “I’m most excited to report on the criminal justice reform, public education panels and, of course, the presidential candidates.”
Palacios is pursuing a dual degree in Political Science and International Business with a minor in Theatre Performance. She is also the campus organizer for Texas Rising at UTRGV. She is especially interested in immigrant rights, environmental justice and income equality. Palacios joins another Rio Grande Valley native as a #TribFest19 social media ambassador. Aimee Treviño, of Brownsville, is a senior at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio studying International and Global Studies. She also serves as president of the Student Government Association.
The Texas Tribune and the New Politics Forum at The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life at UT Austin have partnered to offer students the opportunity to serve as social media ambassadors at the festival. Established in 2000, the institute exists to cultivate informed voters and active citizens through research, education and outreach programs focused on three key pillars: civic discovery, young people and civil dialogue.
The Institute is named after Annette Greenfield Strauss, who served on the Dallas City Council from 1983 to 1987 and as mayor from 1987 to 1991. You can follow the 2019 social media ambassadors via the hashtags #TribFest19, #TTFstudents, and #NPFxTrib!