Melanie Rodríguez is a first-generation student at Florida International University majoring in Exceptional Student Education with a minor in English and a Certificate in Exile Studies. She aspires to build a career at the intersection of arts, education, and advocacy. In February 2020, she co-founded Let Your Voices Echo (Project LYVE) which facilitates conversations on social justice topics through the arts with events such as open mics, workshops, and film screenings. Melanie’s passion for the arts is fueled by the power of storytelling as a tool for enacting change. While her artistic practice is focused on poetry and spoken word, she is also a lyric soprano, has recently begun to explore songwriting, and has a great love for theatre. In her free time, you can find her baking new recipes or creating music playlists for her friends.