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Paloma Martinez


Paloma Martinez

Documentary Film and Video
Dual B.A. Economics and Communications, Boston University, 2008


Born and raised in Houston, Texas, Paloma Martinez has spent the last decade working to create social change through the power of personal narrative. After completing her undergraduate studies in Economics and Communications at Boston University in 2008, Paloma returned to Houston to begin her nearly seven-and-a-half-year long career as a labor organizer and eventual Communications Director of the Service Employees International Union, Texas (SEIU Texas).
Paloma’s time in the labor and immigrant rights movement primarily focused on working directly with janitors, who cleaned the offices for some of the wealthiest companies in the world during a time of unpredicted prosperity in Houston, to identify, develop, and craft narratives that highlighted the struggles of some of the city’s most overlooked people as they fought for desperately needed improvements at work and in their communities. This position gave Paloma the chance to immerse herself in and explore many of the varied cross currents- like race, immigration status, political power, and identity- that are shaping the new realities and daily experiences of those living in the ever changing American urban landscape. 


Jun 2017
Mar 2017
Dec 2016


June 15, 2017

Free and open to the public

Cubberley Auditorium
March 21, 2017
Cubberley Auditorium
December 13, 2016

Free and open to the public

Cubberley Auditorium


February 20, 2018 to March 2, 2018
McMurtry Building; Gunn Foyer and Miller Discussion Space
January 17, 2017 to January 24, 2017
McMurtry Building

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