Alexis Vollmer Rivera

Alexis Vollmer Rivera

Graduate Research Assistant, Center for the Future of Arizona Civic Engagement Team

Alexis Vollmer Rivera is Critical Applied Linguist working towards a doctoral degree in Spanish Linguistics with an emphasis in Second Language Acquisition and a graduate certificate in Computer Assisted Language Learning. The motivation of her work lies in connecting critical research in various social and learning contexts to social justice and civic issues by means of community engagement.

She currently serves as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Civic Engagement Team at the Center for the Future of Arizona

Why do you believe innovations in participatory democracy are important?

Innovations in participatory democracy are vital for the civic health of the United States, as this participation – beginning at the individual and community level – shape societal expectations. We are in need of leaders from all walks of life that lend a critical eye and caring hand to foster civic engagement regarding past, current, and future societal issues within a sociohistorical and political context.


What do you hope to see at the 2018 Innovations in Participatory Democracy Conference?

At the Participator Democracy Conference, I hope to see individuals from a range of different ages, contexts, and disciplines coming together to discuss critical and community based practices to increase participatory democracy within the United States.