Malia Lazu

Malia's work is focused on exploring the opportunities for deepening democratic practice among youth through the development of an experimental Urban Lab. Specifically she is developing the Urban Lab by exploring effective models to reach urban youth using social media and networks to build communities and create critical citizens. The goal is to understand how this demographic interacts with social media and how social media platforms can be used by social justice organizations to build a network of urban youth that helps to support their meaningful participation in civic conversation and develop agency in shaping their future. America's current president and his stimulus package affords an opportunity to build bridges from the academy to main street and include young people of color in all levels of democratic dialogue. Malia is exploring how technology can allow such efforts to reach a large number of unengaged youth and track their network building and policy outcomes.