Donisha Shepherd-Cotlone is a first-year Advanced Standing Macro concentration student. During her time at the Graduate College of Social Work, she has been very active with voter engagement. After getting deputized to register voters in Harris County during the GCSW’s Foundations of Social Work course, she was deputized in four other counties surrounding the Houston area (Fort Bend, Brazoria, Galveston, and Wharton). Donisha’s interests include voting laws, racial disproportionality within the criminal justice and child welfare systems, healthcare, and women’s rights. Donisha will participate in the Austin Legislative Internship Program to gain insight into the legislative process. She seeks to eventually advocate for taking the focus away from political parties and place it back on serving the people. She is striving for unity within our political system to provide social, racial, and economic justice to protect and serve the people of Texas.