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Media and Public Engagement


Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth

A TruBook Talk with Jason Stanford

On Friday, July 16, 2021, Truman National Security Project hosted Jason Stanford, co-author of "Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth.” In Forget the Alamo: The Rise and Fall of an American Myth, three noted Texan writers combine forces to tell the real story of the Alamo, dispelling the myths, exploring why they had their day for so long, and explaining why the ugly fight about its meaning is now coming to a head. This book talk was moderated by 2018 Truman National Security Project Political Partner Coda Rayo-Garza.


Gender Equity

Univision Spanish Interview

Una mujer hispana en San Antonio podría ganar menos que sus compañeras de otras razas o que sus pares hombres por hacer el mismo trabajo. La organización YWCA encabeza una campaña para evitar la desigualdad salarial.

Watch Coda discuss wage equity on behalf of YWCA San Antonio.

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Guest Expert

KLRN: On The Record

Watch Coda discuss the demographic impacts of the pandemic.

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Panelist: Voting & Elections 

San Antonio Report - CityFest

Alongside other community leaders, Coda participated in a panel on the election and voting during the time of a pandemic.

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Guest Speaker: Mujer, Poder, Hoy

Sharing Wage Equity Work

Coda conducted work for the YWCA San Antonio leading the organization's wage equity awareness campaign. She visited with Teresa Garza, founder of the blog and TVSA series, Mujer, Poder, Hoy, to share more about the campaign. You can watch a part of the interview here:

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Guest Speaker: TruCon 2020

Brief Story of Self

Last week, Coda was featured sharing her story of self at the annual TruCon. Click here to watch. 

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Presenter: Texas Latino Policy Symposium 

October 1-2, 2020

Coda presented at the third Texas Latino Policy Symposium. She showcased her policy brief on Texas colonias and the need to reinvest in our democracy via border communities. Learn more about the symposium at


Presenter: Scholarship + Activism: Workshop 

Helping Build Scholar Activist Capacity

This past July, Coda led and facilitated a workshop organized by the American Education Research Association (AERA) Peace Sign and Southeastern Women's Studies Association (SWESA)  on writing op-eds for activism. One of thematic setting questions included: As scholars, how can we utilize our scholarship to advocate for policy change?

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New Leaders Council: Caucus Week

Policy Co-Lead

Coda is currently the NLC Women's Caucus Policy Co-Lead. For more information on NLC and the upcoming caucus week presentations, visit

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Presentations: Projects
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