The Wells College Democracy & Leadership Series will host a screening of the documentary “Show Me Democracy” at 4:30 p.m. February 9 in the de Witt Lecture Hall (106) of Zabriskie Hall. Karina Arango, who appears in the documentary, will hold a Q&A/Talk Back to accompany the screening. Admission is free, and all are welcome.
Amidst the uprising in Ferguson, seven St. Louis college students evolved as advocates and activists as they demanded change through policy and protest. “Show Me Democracy” is the powerful documentary about those efforts. The film functions as a tool that educates young people on the power they have to affect change and the need for educational advocacy.
Karina Arango is a proud first-generation college student who graduated from Fontbonne University in 2015, where she was awarded by the President for her advocacy work and was the only undergraduate hooded for her service. As the daughter of a mother who once was undocumented, Karina is passionate about immigration reform and educational opportunities for Latino youth. She has advocated throughout Missouri on the importance of equal access to postsecondary opportunities for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and undocumented students. Karina currently works in St. Louis, Mo., in Ritenour School District as a teacher's assistant in the district's International Welcome Center for immigrant students.
This event is part of the Wells Democracy & Leadership Series, co-sponsored by the Political Science program, the Sullivan Center for Business and Entrepreneurship and the office of Student Activities. This series brings students together with local, regional, national and international leaders to learn about their leadership path, examine the characteristics of successful leaders and share ways to take a leadership role in our democracy.