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Students of the University of Houston. Houstonian 2011 - People. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. April 24, 2014. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/yearb/item/24628/show/24523.

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Transcript MAKING DIFFERENCE THROUGH FILM By Taylor McGilvray Since entering the Honors College at the age of 16, Erica Fletcher has made a name for herself in the field of visual anthropology with her film on Latina women in Houston with HIV/AIDS. "I became interested in (ethnographic film) because I had an idea that films could have an impact on populations outside of ac- ademia," Fletcher said. "My generation is highly visually oriented, and one of the best ways to disseminate knowledge to others is now through film and multimedia sources." Fletcher said one of her inspiration to do the film was her role model Margaret Mead, an activist and scientist who used film and images to portray her research. With her work, Fletcher said her aim is to improve the conditions of women and girls from all communities, which she believes will help humanity as a whole. Her grandmother's example, she said, has been her biggest source of inspiration for the themes of her work. "As an undereducated immigrant from Taiwan to Brazil, my grandmother had a challenging life, and she selflessly devoted herself to her children and their future," Fletcher said. "I admire her strength, courage, intelligence, and determination; and I hope to emulate her throughout my life." When researching her first film, Fletcher was surprised by how willing people were to cooperate and talk with her. She says interacting with people is her favorite part of the research. Fletcher did, however, run into some roadblocks with the technical aspects of her first film because of her lack of experience behind the camera. She relied on help from her professors to work out the kinks and later audited a film class so she could better convey her research. "I have been trained in social science, not media production, so there has definitely been a learning curve in becoming more technologically savvy," Fletcher said. Fletcher is now working on a film about sex trafficking for her senior honors thesis, but is still amazed at the amount of press her first film has obtained. "As an undergraduate studying social science, I never thought I would be on the radio, television, newspapers and magazines talking about issues that really matter to me, and I continue to be amazed by the response my film has received," Fletcher said. "Since then, I began to realize the impact that one film could make, and I thought more seriously about continuing similar research in the future." She said none of this attention she and her film have gotten would have been possible without the help and support of her professors and classmates. "The support I have received from the many faculty, staff, and students (in the Honors College) has greatly nurtured my intellectual and emotional growth," Fletcher said. "Karen Weber, Dr. Dan Price, Dr. Jerome Crowder, and many others have mentored me throughout my undergraduate career. Without their tireless help and guidance, I would not be where I am today." As far as the future is concerned, 19-year-old Fletcher is not sure how it will pan out. She is currently applying for doctoral programs in anthropology, but she also may take some time off school. One thing is certain, though; she will continue to try to make a difference in society. "Throughout my undergraduate career, two questions have troubled me greatly: First, what does 'helping' others actually entail? Second, how can I use my talent to further this goal?" Fletcher said. "By supporting initiatives involving interdisciplinary studies, sustainable development, and community involvement, I have begun my journey to answer these questions. I know that my answers will keep evolving throughout my life, and I look forward to the struggle to keep adapting to changing these frameworks of what it really means to help others." Photo by Gregory Bohuslav [152] inside the Pride.