Eugenia Huang

Personal Information

Expected Graduation Year: 2018

Major(s)/ Minor(s) or Expected (major): Political Science and International Affairs. Minor in Education: Schools, Education, and Society

Hometown: Cary, NC

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Personal Political Philosophy

My “must read” title for college students seeking to understand something about this election: Anti-Intellectualism in American Life, by Richard Hofstadter

My approach to or philosophy of American politics and elections: More of a life philosophy is a quote from Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass”:
“This is what you shall do: Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul; and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your eyes and in every motion and joint of your body”

In relation to politics I quote George Santayana: “Those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.”

The four (4) people (living or deceased) I would invite to dinner for the purpose of better understanding American political life are: Aristotle, Thomas Paine, Ida B. Wells, Michelle Obama

Wake the Vote Experience

My most memorable Wake the Vote experience so far: When Sebastian broke the toilette. But on a more serious note, all the events we went to that involved women empowerment really struck a cord with me. For example, being at the DNC to hear Hillary’s nomination acceptance speech. At that moment I felt strangely apolitical; and rather I was overwhelmed with just appreciating the moment for what it was. I was taken out of this crazy whirlwind election, the policies, the controversies, the whole spectacle and I was transported to a place where I was nothing but myself as a young Chinese American woman. I fully acknowledge that this was the emotional ploy that the DNC and Hillary campaign wanted to create but I don’t even care. Because in that moment when she said the words ‚”I accept your nomination for the President of the United States‚” I felt so proud to be a woman.

Blog Posts

When did politics become reality TV?

What can be said about this election that has not already been said? It is morally exhausting, painstakingly frustrating, and quite honestly I was ready for it to be over about two months ago. The deplorable comments of Trump have escalated to a point where his...

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Voting Local: School Board Edition

While the headline focus of media tends to be on the national election, NC is no doubt unique in that this year’s state elections are also very close and important. But if there is anything that I have learned the most about working in education is that local...

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I Love You North Carolina, but

I moved to North Carolina when I was eight years old. I did not adjust well. I thought the weather was too humid, the food too fried, and the air didn’t quite match the mountain air I was used to in Virginia. But of course with time I learned to fall in love with this...

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An SFER summer!

This summer I’ve continued my work with Students For Education Reform as an action network fellow.SFER is a non-profit organization dedicated to organizing college and high school students and supporting grassroots efforts to advocate for K-12 public educational...

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Positivity amidst Cynicism

During my time at the both national conventions I had many thought provoking conversations about criminal justice reform, foreign policy, health care, the economy and immigration. Of course lying at the intersection of all these issues is education. So I took it upon...

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Power through Art

  While we were at the DNC WTV was lucky enough to have cosponsored an amazing event put on by Rock the Vote called Truth to Power. At this hub one could view artwork inspired by social justice and attend panels discussing some our nations most prominent...

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WHO RUN THE WORLD: GIRLS

After a week at the DNC I’ve basically come away with one message: GIRL POWER RULES. I have never been more affirmed, more moved, or more empowered to be a woman than I have this past week. As I reflect now on the historic moment I witnessed just a few days ago I am...

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Trump’s GOP: Fear & Shame

There were two moments at the RNC where I experienced something I can thankfully say I haven’t had to deal with in a long time. The first occurred while I was walking down the street with some other Wake the Voters, and two white men standing on the side of the...

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Streets of the RNC: The Commodification of Politics

While there is plenty of action happening inside the convention arena, for me the real action is what’s happening outside the arena on the streets. Each day I walk past street vendors lining the blocks selling shirts, buttons, hats, stickers, and just about anything...

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‘Schools are incubators for Democracy’

Earlier this week, I was fortunate enough to attend a panel discussion titled “Rethinking High School”. Hosted by PBS NewsHour and XQ Super School Project, the event brought together students, teachers, and education partners to join in an intimate conversation about...

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Thoughts from Abroad: ‘Brexit’ and November

  For the past six weeks I’ve been studying abroad in Tours, France, a quaint little town just an hour outside of Paris. Since arriving I have been fully immersed in delicious food, french language, and a beautiful culture far far away from all the chaos of US...

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Education in the White House

Panel at the EEOB While in D.C. we had the opportunity to meet with some of the White House’s advisory committee members, including the Policy Advisor to the Council on Women and Girls, the Associate Director for Youth Engagement and Education, and the Senior Policy...

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