Advocacy Through Social Media: Why Trending Topics Matter | Karen McAlister | TEDxUTA

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Advocacy Through Social Media: Why Trending Topics Matter | Karen McAlister | TEDxUTA

Hashtags like #RefugeesWelcome, #BlackLivesMatter, and #PrayForParis have allowed for individuals across the world to create and become part of larger a conversation about the important events of the present day. It is through these conversations that many individuals have been able to advocate for the rights of others and for trending topics to influence political conversations including the upcoming Presidential election.

Karen is currently a graduate student in the Department of Communication at UT Arlington. Her research interests include social media and social movements. Karen previously completed two Bachelor of Arts degrees from UT Arlington in Communication with emphasis in Advertising and Public Relations. Currently, Karen works for the Multicultural Affairs
department on campus and co-advises the Women in Leadership Program.

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