FOND DU LAC, Wis. - Marian University student Taylor Putz was recentlyselected to present his research paper, "The Right to Health inWaspam, Rio Coco" at the 21st Annual Latin AmericanStudies Symposium on April 5-6 at Birmingham Southern College inBirmingham, Alabama. Putz was one of 65 college students fromaround the United States to be selected to present.
Putz wrote his paper during hisstudy abroad experience in Waspam, Nicaragua, where he learnedabout the terrible health conditions plaguing the people of thatarea.
"Every human being has the right tolive in conditions that permit him or her to enjoy the highestlevel of health possible," said Putz in his research paper. "Healthis a right according to the Political Constitution of Nicaragua,but in the municipality of Waspam, it is not always a livedright."
"I am proud that I have theopportunity to represent Marian University and the Sisters of St.Agnes. More importantly, I am humbled by the fact that I get toshare the story about a place in Nicaragua that is suffering. Themost vulnerable people do not have access to the most basic healthservices. It's empowering that I get to share their stories becauseI can bring light to an important issue," said Putz of thisopportunity.
According to their website, TheBirmingham- Southern College Latin American Studies Symposium firstbegan as an event for Latin American Studies students to sharetheir research with students from other schools. It has now evolvedinto a "national level undergraduate research conference."