Meet Our 2022 Advocacy Fellows

Legislation, Literacy, Parent & Family Engagement, School Funding, Who We Are | 02/17/2022

Ivana Bejaran Rib
State Organizing Director

Our team is thrilled to announce that our 2022 Advocacy Fellowship has launched with 9 fellows. This year’s fellows will be championing work to advance educational equity and will serve as a parent advisory committee to our team.  

Fellows will be focused on legislative session and will have opportunities to learn about specific bills, engage in the legislative process, and share knowledge with the broader community. Fellows will have the opportunity to meet with state representatives, testify during bill hearings, spread awareness, and build leadership skills. Policy topics will include dismantling the school to prison pipeline, increasing teacher diversity, and improving early literacy.  

Meet this year’s fellows and hear in their own words what equity means to them or how they practice anti-racism in their lives.  

Tina Carroll “First and foremost, I believe to practice anti-racism one needs to have an understanding of history, so I do best to read and gain as much of an understanding as possible. I also try to practice anti-racism in my home and at the workplace by speaking up and pointing things out.” 

Natalie Perez “I practice antiracism by acknowledging we are different and regardless of all of that we are United in this thing called life. By celebrating their culture and being respectful of the things that are sacred to them” 

Nallely Antunez “Para mi la equidad significa que todos merecemos ser apoyados referente a las nesesidades que tengamos cada uno”.  “For me, equity means that we all deserve to be supported referring to the necessities we individually have.” 

Theresa Newsom “Equity means the removal of all barriers to ensure stakeholders can reach their full potential without being held back by systemic racial, gender, and/or seen/unseen exceptionality barriers.” 

Jesse Rula “We may have opportunities that are technically open to everyone, such as college, but unless all students have the same support and resources at their disposal they are not going to be as successful. It is not enough to stop at equality we need to ensure that equity is the final goal.” 

Pamela Kaspar “I practice antiracism by accepting that white supremacy is embedded in my culture (white American). I have to acknowledge that my culture for generations was the norm. I’ve been practicing being cognitive of the lens that I see the world from. I support organizations that work for antiracist policies and justice.” 

Jennifer Rosendo “Equity is when everyone gets what they need to succeed.   My favorite example is one from a Kindergarten teacher who gives one child a band-aid for skinning his knee.   Then in illustration she gives another child a Band-Aid on their knee for a headache and on and on.   After she facilitates a discussion regarding the school each child will get what they need instead of what all children will get.” 

Yaeel Duarte “Yo practico el anti-rasismo aceptando y respentando las culturas y creencias de cada persona.” “I practice anti-racism by accepting and respecting everyone's culture and beliefs.” 

Lorelei Jackson “'I would define equity as being just and fair. It is not just equality, but providing the missing pieces to each individual to ensure that the end result is the same for all. For example, if equality means students having high quality curriculum, equity would mean that the curriculum is not racially biased, is culturally sensitive, and is taught by a wide range of teachers that represent the student body.' 

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