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CAS Senior Captures Kodak Moment in Oaxaca

By Adrienne Frank

CAS photo contest

(Photo: Christina Gonsalves)

When Christina Gonsalves and her classmates walked past a vibrant Mexican mural in Oaxaca last month, she couldn't resist snapping a photo.

"This picture represented a seemingly tranquil state and atmosphere. Ironically, however, our group had just come from a meeting with a human rights organization, where we learned that streets of Oaxaca in 2006 were [the site] of revolution, chaos, and disaster. Not the tranquil scene that you see in this photo," said the senior, majoring in international development and economics.

She also wanted to capture the mural, which celebrates the 2006 revolution, because such artistry is quickly painted over.

Gonsalves was among the dozen or so students who traveled south-of-the-border on an Alternative Break trip focusing on issues of migration, conditional cash transfers, and microfinance opportunities in Mexico. For one week in March, the group toured Mexico City and Oaxaca, meeting with villagers and local NGO leaders to learn more about poverty alleviation strategies throughout the region.

Gonsalves' image was the winner of a spring break photo contest sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences. Her photo appeared in the April issue of the CAS peer advisor newsletter.