Monthly Archives: December 2017

Student Spotlight: Alessandra Carbajal

alessandraAlessandra Carbajal is a junior from Honduras studying Political Science with an emphasis in American Politics.

Between November 8th and 11th, 2017, Alessandra attended the “Future Women in Government Conference” in Washington, D.C., a once in a lifetime opportunity, she reported. She had the chance to attend many different panels that addressed the healthcare problems that women are currently facing in this country. Most importantly, she got to attend a series of panels alongside female state legislators from all across the nation, who are key players in creating legislation that best addresses these issues. Alessandra was assigned two mentors, State Senators Bollier from Kansas, and Harris from Nevada. Both of them gave her their personal contact information so she can reach out to them whenever she needs anything. As she prepares to go to Law School and to move on to a professional field, the connections she found by attending this conference will prove to be extremely helpful, she said.  She is grateful that she was able to attend the Women in Government Conference, and is confident that if this opportunity arises for other students, they will find the experience to be equally rewarding. Alessandra received funding to attend from the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences.

Alessandra’s research interests include public opinion and public policy, as well as American campaigns and elections.

After graduation, Alessandra would like to pursue a J.D./Ph.D. in American Politics. She enjoys traveling to new places, hiking and spending time with her family.

BYU Women in Politics Opening Social and Faculty Event


On Thursday, September 21, 2017, BYU’s Women in Politics conducted their opening social in the Tanner Building, with refreshments, a slide presentation, and many enthusiastic participants. Then on October 19 at 6 PM, the BYU Women in Politics club and organization met for a “Ted-Talk” style presentation with five female BYU professors offering fascinating lectures. They met in the beautiful seventh-floor conference room in the Tanner Building, Room 710 TNRB, which was full with over 100 people. Each professor gave summaries of their recent research related to women in the world today: participants included Dr. Celeste Beesley, Political Science; Dr. Stacey Shaw, Social Work; Dr. Diana Duan, History; Professor D. Carolina Nunez, JD, Law; and Professor Carrie Moore, News Media. Conducted by current WIP President Eliza Riley, and past WIP President Rachel Finlayson, Women in Politics is an amazing organization that inspires BYU students to become involved, both here on campus and in their future lives. Congratulations to the leaders and members of BYU Women in Politics.

Dr. Beesley spoke about her research examining Federal Direct Investment and job security of female sweatshop workers in India.

Dr. Duan shared her experience growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution and how her life experiences have taught her to find her political voice because politics affects all aspects of life.

Dr. Nunez from BYU Law dispelled immigration myths that have been propagated from politicians from both sides of the political spectrum. Dr. Shaw shared her research on working with refugees and other vulnerable populations, drawing on her experiences with the IRC at Columbia and in Malaysia.

Finally, last but not least, Dr. Carrie Moore from the Communications Dept. and News Media at BYU shared her insights on and encouragement for more qualified women (and men of course) to enter the news media and political arena and find their voices.

Afterwards, WIP sold/distributed T-shirts and mingled/networked with professors.

These female professors are inherently inspiring to students because they are living proof that we can hope to serve our national and international communities on a broader scale. It helped students discover that “If you can see it, you can be it.”