Opinion Columns for The Daily Aztec

Column started a research study

Sex and sexuality issues are often topics that most writers and school newspapers would shy from, but I helped create a biweekly column titled, “Grabbing Back” in an effort to address issues that women and members of the LGBTQ community face at San Diego State University.
For my first column of the semester, I chose to write about an Instagram account that posts pictures of college women with and sometimes without their permission. I researched everything about the account and the owners of the account and found that they tend to sexualize college women for their benefit but advertise it as “supportive to women” because they help th
em gain more followers on social media.

I interviewed women who chose and didn’t choose to be featured on the account and a media and sexuality expert.

As a result of my story, professor Nathian Rodriguez conducted a research study on the site and I am cited as a source. The story had over 1,000 views online.

Bilingual education column

After writing several bilingual articles for The Daily Aztec, I decided to do an opinion piece on the importance of bilingual education.

Both articles ran side by side and helped emphasize the Spanish section of the newspaper and gave the column a different look from the other proposition pieces other writers had done.

As a result of this column, several professors in the bilingual education program at San Diego State University reached out to me and let me speak during their classes about the Spanish section of the newspaper, Mundo Azteca.

Story in Spanish.

Consent column

This column is also a part of “Grabbing Back,” and it focused on digital consent. After learning about a woman who turned unsolicited pictures into art I wondered if there was a problem of unsolicited pictures on campus.

I interviewed SDSU police on what a college women should do if she is being digitally harassed and the women’s resource center coordinator. 

As a result of this story, several female students commented on social media and were thankful that this topic was being discussed in the school newspaper.