Multicultural Fellow, Place
Why do you do what you do?
I grew up in an immigrant Latinx community in LA County. When I was in junior high, a program called ProjectSTEP identified schools where the majority of students came from low-income communities of color. The program supported me and many other students all the way to our acceptance to college. As a result, I became the first in my family to graduate from a four-year university. I personally benefited from a program that was centered on equity, and as a result, I want to pay it forward.
What drew you to the foundation?
The unapologetically bold racial equity agenda and the inspiring staff.
How would you describe your role?
I am a multicultural fellow supporting the Place team’s affordable housing initiatives, programs that anchor communities by uplifting arts and culture, as well as grassroots, community-based organizations.
Are you involved in any volunteer activities?
I volunteer for Schools for Salone, a nonprofit organization working to advance quality education in Sierra Leone. I also actively look for opportunities to volunteer my time at the local level.