Sandra Diaz is a mother of five from Dorchester. She has lived in Boston her whole life and is a proud graduate of Boston Public Schools. Sandra is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, and first learned English in elementary school, at Sarah Greenwood School, through a dual-language program. She attended Brighton High, where she was able to explore the school’s health services curriculum, inspiring her to become a medical professional at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. She is currently pursuing a degree in nursing.
Sandra’s five children; Almalinda, Luis, Ismael, Julio, and Isaiah range from two to 16-years-old, and are enrolled in education programs across the city. She learned the importance of advocacy while fighting to get the proper interventions for her son, who has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Sandra learned how difficult it could be to navigate the education system and educated herself on the different resources available for her son.
Sandra brings her passion for supporting special education, as well as for effective and transparent school budgeting and strong parent engagement, to Stand’s Dorchester/Mattapan Team. She joined Stand as a member a little over a year ago and recently made the decision to take the next step, to become a member leader. Sandra is currently working with Team Captain (and friend since middle school) Ursula Allston-Hill, to further develop her advocacy skills and build their team. Sandra is one of Stand’s social media champions, demonstrating her commitment to the movement on Facebook.