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An accomplished print and broadcast journalist, Kristina Ruiz-Healy has garnered considerable experience as a public speaker on a variety of subjects, such as writing, Latin-American socioeconomic issues, or her personal experiences as the daughter of two cultures. Eight years after employment as a Staff Writer and Photographer for the Lackland Tailspinner, the newspaper at Lackland Air Force Base, Kristina Ruiz-Healy received an invitation to speak as part of the Hispanic Heritage Week organized by the Defense Language Institute at Lackland. She talked to male and female flight crews from a variety of ethnic backgrounds about her own foreign background and the opportunities available in the U.S.

For a First Friday Literary Event hosted by SAY Sí, a nonprofit multi-disciplinary arts program that serves San Antonio youth, Kristina Ruiz-Healy told stories about her bicultural heritage and how her family's traditions gave her the tools to stand up to schoolyard bullies. She also earned an invitation to speak at the President’s Conference on Immigration at Trinity University, where she described the immigrant experience based on her own background. At the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), Kristina Ruiz-Healy told an Honors Convocation about using the best of both sides of her heritage to succeed. In addition, speaking before the Free Trade Alliance Mexico Group, Kristina Ruiz-Healy talked about life in her native land before and after enactment of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Furthermore, Kristina Ruiz-Healy has spoken about the writing process to students in the Creative Writing Graduate Program at St. Mary’s University. A class in Cultural Communication at the University of Texas at San Antonio listened to her presentation on writing specifically for radio and the heightened potential for emotional impact when she can deliver her own prose orally. As part of Northside Independent School District’s Journalism Forum, Kristina Ruiz-Healy spoke to high school students about ignoring the discouragement her own high school journalism teacher gave her and securing a column in a paper called La Mesa Forum at the age of 17. Kristina Ruiz-Healy holds a Bachelor'€™s degree in Communications with a minor in Latin American Studies and Studio Art from Mills College. She earned a Master'€™s degree in Political Science from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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