Signs of the Times #19: Empowering Marginalized Voices in Politics ft. Prathm Juneja
We’re joined today by Prathm Juneja, a senior at Notre Dame studying political science and computer science, and recent recipient of a Truman scholarship. Prathm realized he had an interest in empowering young voices in politics and got involved with ND Votes his freshmen year. Prathm discusses the many barriers to voting, especially for marginalized groups, and shares that low voter turnout among these groups is largely due to systems of inequality. He also shares how technology and politics can intersect to create positive change and empower more marginalized voices. He has since worked on Pete Buttigieg’s second mayoral campaign and interned with his administration in their Office of Innovation developing a 311 bot to increase minority voice in local government. He currently works on Buttigieg’s presidential campaign working on the intersection of digital, organizing, and finance.