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Emma Hotz

Class of 2024-2025

About Emma

Emma Hotz is a Chinese American adoptee from the East Mountains outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated from The University of New Mexico in May of 2022 with a BA in Political Science and Sociology. Emma played a pivotal role in establishing the Asian American Pacific Islander Resource Center (AAPIRC), which provides advisement, programming, and serves as a place of belonging for the AAPI UNM community. She remains connected to AAPIRC and continues to be an outspoken advocate for the community. She also created the Associated Students at the University of New Mexico (ASUNM) Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion position. As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, she created the ASUNM Emergency Scholarship Fund and served on Protect NM, a coalition to distribute personal protective equipment across underserved areas in New Mexico. This work led to her undergraduate thesis, which looked at how COVID-19 fueled anti-Asian hate through media exposure.   Emma has had the opportunities to work in and outside government, interning for the United States Congress, New Mexico State Legislature, Albuquerque Mayor’s office, and the UNM Honors Research Institute. She also worked for a local home builder, and later worked for Pathways to Housing D.C. after becoming a Truman Scholar. She has more recently served as the Digital and Operations Director for Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s New Mexico Secretary of State Re-Election Campaign and as the Digital Strategist for U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich.   Emma’s vast interests and experiences have motivated her passion for service, providing basic needs to her community, tackling racial and systemic injustices, and fostering spaces of belonging. Her creative spirit allows her to fuse her digital marketing experience with new, innovative ways to tackle these challenges, and has inspired her commitment to work in social justice work as it intersects with art. With a passion from all things red to green chile, Emma plans to return to New Mexico to continue fighting against the inequities in her state. She also remains passionate about reconnecting to her culture and building spaces for the Asian-American community while she continues to develop her academic and career aspirations.

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