FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Marian University student Taylor Putz was recently selected to present his research paper, “The Right to Health in Waspam, Rio Coco” at the 21st Annual Latin American Studies Symposium on April 5-6 at Birmingham Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. Putz was one of 65 college students from around the United States to be selected to present.
Putz wrote his paper during his study abroad experience in Waspam, Nicaragua, where he learned about the terrible health conditions plaguing the people of that area.
“Every human being has the right to live in conditions that permit him or her to enjoy the highest level of health possible,” said Putz in his research paper. “Health is a right according to the Political Constitution of Nicaragua,but in the municipality of Waspam, it is not always a lived right.”
“I am proud that I have the opportunity to represent Marian University and the Sisters of St.Agnes. More importantly, I am humbled by the fact that I get to share the story about a place in Nicaragua that is suffering. The most vulnerable people do not have access to the most basic healthservices. It’s empowering that I get to share their stories because I can bring light to an important issue,” said Putz of this opportunity.
According to their website, The Birmingham- Southern College Latin American Studies Symposium firstbegan as an event for Latin American Studies students to share their research with students from other schools. It has now evolved into a “national level undergraduate research conference.”