As an intern for Brian Barnwell, New York City’s District 30 Representative, Litzy Bautista ’23 serves as a data analyst and research coordinator. Barnwell’s district covers several areas in the Queens borough including Maspeth, Sunnyside and Astoria. During the pandemic, Bautista worked remotely from her home in Los Angeles, Calif.
“I felt like this was a great fit for me because of my interest in local politics and the diversity of the district, which resembles Los Angeles,” Bautista says.
Bautista intends to double major in political science and Latin American studies, and work toward a minor in sociology. “I have always taken a strong interest in politics, especially local politics,” she says. Since taking Assistant Professor of Political Science Ed Quish’s American Politics course, Bautista has sought an opportunity to turn her interest into “tangible action.”
Collaborating with a team of other interns, Bautista has prepared a COVID-19 Research Report that describes District 30’s virus response plan, as well as the health and economic consequences of the virus for constituents. They also created a list of events and/or policy drafts in order to address issues within the scope of their research. Independently, Bautista is generating a report on the accessibility of healthcare infrastructure to marginalized groups in New York City.
As a student worker in the William Smith Dean’s Office, Bautista was well versed in speaking to students, parents and other HWS community members, a skill that “helped tremendously” with her current internship. In high school, Bautista helped her peers apply to college through the Neighborhood Youth Association. “This sparked my passion for addressing injustice and inequality through law,” she says.
Bautista says she values the freedom of exploration that HWS’ curriculum offers. After graduation, she intends to apply to law school.