Hometown: Rigby, Idaho
Degree: Bachelor of Science, Political Science
Future Plans: Magaña’s next step is to pursue a Ph.D. in political science, examining the relationship between American democratic institutions and the Latinx farmworker experience.
Honored Faculty: Dr. Isaac Castellano, Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Karla Magaña grew up in the fields with her parents and came to Boise State with the College Assistance Migrant Program’s help. After leaving the university, she’ll pursue a Ph.D. in political science to continue studying racialized labor policies.
A McNair Scholar, she has researched the effect of government transparency on the COVID-19 infection rate among Latinx farmworkers during the 2020 summer spike. She traced the effects of campaign contributions for women state legislative candidates, and improved the accuracy of government transparency metrics while participating in the MIT Research Program.
On-campus, she served as a member of the Honors College’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion board, as an academic integrity board member with the Dean of Students’ Office, and as a resident assistant.
Off-campus, she has taken internships twice, working with marginalized populations, with the 2018 Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and Student Action with Farmers Into the Fields, mobilizing and organizing with 5,000 farmworkers over the summer. She also traveled to North Carolina to work with Legal Aid’s Farmworker Unit. She has also participated in the Harvard Government Political Science Prep Program.
2021 Virtual Award Ceremony
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