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Zoila's Closet information / Elizabeth Ferszt

English 302 student a finalist in ASU Changemaker Challenge


Kristen LaRue-Sandler / Elizabeth Ferszt

Zoila Bardales Harris, a junior in ASU's W.P. Carey School of Business, is a finalist in the 2016-17 ASU Changemaker Challenge competition, which announces its winner on Feb. 18, 2017.

Up for grabs is a $10,000 prize to implement a proposal that significantly changes a local or global problem using innovation and sustainability. Harris was a student in English Faculty Associate Elizabeth Ferszt's English 302 Business Writing class in fall 2016, when she and Ferszt met to discuss a nascent idea to build a library and community center in Harris's home town in Peru.

Harris was inspired by reading Start Something that Matters by Blake Mycoskie, which was the required "textbook" for that section of English 302. In the book, which describes how the TOMS shoe company and other social justice business models were founded, Mycoskie urges readers to think big but start small: "You owe it to the world to act" (184). Zoila's Closet was created using this ethic.

Harris and Ferszt, faculty mentor, wrote the Executive Summary and Proposal Power Point together, a week before the Nov. 20, 2016 deadline. Harris was notified on Jan. 16, 2017 that she was a finalist, and will pitch to group of ASU affiliates and community investors on Feb. 11, 2017, at the Memorial Union.

Zoila's Closet Informational Video