What’s your story?
My story is comprised of different cultures, people, and experiences. I have lived in Tampico, Mexico; Baltimore, Maryland; and Washington, DC at different points in my life and with each place gained new identities and experiences that greatly contribute to my current personal and professional ambitions. My motivation to pursue social justice work was prompted by my experience as resident of a city in Mexico fraught with drug cartel violence, and as a college student in Baltimore seeking a pathway to become an agent of change.
What personal and professional experiences do you bring with you into the YP4 space?
I bring with me a variety of experiences in student networks, social justice advocacy and public policy. I have worked extensively with the Roosevelt Network, the nation’s largest student think-tank, in a variety of capacities including organizing and curriculum development, and in various issue areas including community economic development and private prison reform. Other professional experiences of mine include work with the AFL-CIO in Washington, DC, where I contributed to the union’s trade and globalization policy and advocacy efforts. In terms of personal experiences, I would like to highlight that I am bringing into this space the experience of being a college student seeking out tools to become an agent of change. Being a recent graduate, the idea of organizing on college campuses and engaging in social justice work as a student is very present to me.
What are you looking forward to on the team and within the Network?
I am looking forward to working with and learning from a group of bright, motivated, and diverse individuals dedicated to social justice work. I am excited to meet and connect with current Fellows and Alumni, work alongside the YP4 staff to support their work, and continue to organize for social, political, and economic justice. I am thrilled to be joining such an amazing team, and look forward to learning as much as I can from them!
If you could have dinner with any organizer past or present, who would it be?
I would probably have dinner with Rigoberta Menchu, a woman that has dedicated her life to fighting for indigenous rights in Guatemala. Her story is incredibly admirable in that she has become a symbol for the fight against indigenous oppression. It would not only be an honor to meet her, but also to learn from her wisdom and experience.