Jessica Coscia is ranked #52 of 69
A passion for underrepresented groups drives me to serve & share the U.S. student vets' story.
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My political story
Coscia most recently served as Communications Director for Congressman Marc Veasey (TX-33), a member of House Armed Services and Science, Space and Technology Committees, whose first bills in the House, included legislation for a Veterans’ STEM Education Program to benefit Post-9/11 GI Bill to veterans pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Prior to my most recent work on Capitol Hill, I honed my passion for social change PR as a journalist and communications strategist. My current mission is to ensure that student veterans' varied stories resonate with decision makers, media, and the public at large.
Why I deserve a Netroots Nation Scholarship
I've always felt it important to learn something new every day, because if we are informed and love what we do then we can make a positive difference in the world. I strive to live by this axiom every day. Having spent much of my career committed to progressive causes and organizations, I have long wanted to attend Netroots Nation's annual convention. I am new to the nonprofit space--having left my last job on "The Hill" to manage communications for Student Veterans of America following the 2014 election. I am passionate about helping others create positive change through the power of communications and digital media and know that attending Netroots Nation can help me tap into the power of social proof and hone my combined experience in media and political communications to effectively tell the stories of our newest military veterans.
What first inspired me to get involved
Having moved to the D.C. area in the late-90s after spending my formative years in Puerto Rico, I immediately felt a brand new sense of patriotism and a thirst for information. As we gathered around the TV to watch the Gulf War coverage at my grandparents' home, I noticed that something on the television screen had the power to bring my family together to discuss issues that could really impact us. It gave me a new perspective on the world, a desire to learn more and I knew then that I wanted to tell stories that could bring people together and have a positive impact on others.
The blog post I am most proud of
I think that the true heart and soul of a person exists in the places representative of their past. As a contributor to the PreservationNation blog, I was able to reminiscence about growing up in Puerto Rico, and one of the historic places that means the most to me, Iglesia de San José in San Juan, one of the sites on the National Trust for Historic Preservation's ?Most? Endangered Historic Places list. http://blog.preservationnation.org/2013/06/26/en-mi-lindo-puerto-rico-a-personal-experience-with-iglesia-de-san-jose/
More about my political involvement
I am not an active DFA member. I am remained actively involved in the community as mentor for college students, through the William Peace University Board of Directors and The Washington Center for Internships & Seminars. I am often asked to present programs and training seminars on multicultural communication, public relations and Hispanic/Latino affairs and I have been actively involved in the DNC's Futuro Fund and the NC Steering Committee of the White House Hispanic Community Action Summit. Other organizations: Society of Professional Journalists (Professional Member) National Association of Hispanic Journalists-Triangle Chapter (founder & president) William Peace University Magazine, Editorial Board
How I've gotten others involved
My interest in mind/body balance has drawn always drawn me stories on health & wellness and to advocate for public health issues. My past experience includes work on North Carolina's bilingual Get Real, Get Tested and Alliance of AIDS Services - Carolina's public awareness campaigns. While working for Univision, I was awarded a scholarship by the Health Journalists Policy Institute to do in-depth reporting on health disparities in communities of color & was later presented with the NC Mental Health Society's Media Award for my multimedia coverage on mental health issues affecting Latinos.
Why I think participation in the netroots is important
I am passionate about helping others create positive change through the power of communications and digital media and know that attending Netroots Nation can help me tap into the power of social proof and hone my combined experience in media and political communications to effectively tell the stories of our newest military veterans. Our country’s renewed focus on veteran welfare has ignited change on campuses, influenced policy on Capitol Hill and reshaped the work culture. More campuses and businesses are recognizing the value of veterans, but there is still much more to be done. As we approach the 71st Anniversary of the original G.I. Bill in June, I want to ensure that can effectively promote the programs and resources intended to empower the next one million student veterans to fully participate in the new economy by pursuing the quality education and the rewarding careers that they deserve.
My Twitter manifesto on online activism
Online activism makes people feel aligned with others and gives a face and voice to a cause through pictures, videos, and stories.
If I could design a bumper sticker it would say:
We Fight, We Win!
My wild idea for a cool new action
For student veterans seeking in-state tuition. Not qualifying for in-state tuition is a considerable hurdle for men and women in the military who move often or have recently come home from overseas. They often not qualify as residents even in states where they plan on settling. A new law which takes effect in July of 2015 should change some of this, though it only applies to public colleges and universities.
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