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DAPA Reaches Supreme Court

US v. Texas has now reached the highest court in the nation. On April 18, 2016 the US Supreme Court heard the oral arguments of both sides of US v. Texas, the case that is the center of the fight for DAPA and Expanded DACA. This means that the Supreme Court listened to the reasoning behind why Texas and other States are suing the US Government. Texas and other States are claiming that creating the new programs, DAPA and Expanded DACA, would be too much of a financial burden. However, the Obama administration is arguing that DAPA and Expanded DACA would bring in revenue to the state because of taxes.

A decision from the Supreme Court on DAPA and Expanded DACA has yet to be made, but one should be expected in June 2016. Until then, what happens to DAPA and Expanded DACA will remain unclear, but there is good support for these programs.

In the meantime:

  • DACA is still in effect, so if you or someone you know might be eligible for DACA, get screened today by calling 206-579-1255 or visit www.itshouldbefair.com
  • If you or someone you know might be eligible for DAPA or Expanded DACA get screened, save money, and start preparing your evidence (applications are not available yet).
  • If you are an advocate, you can spread the word and inform others of about this important issue. Share this fun and short video about what’s happening: https://youtu.be/P9x9gGIZ-pU

Past 21 Progress Posts on DAPA and Expanded DACA:

The Fight Isn’t Over. We’re Going To The Supreme Court – November 9, 2015 – Link

DACA/DAPA Delay: Here’s The Facts – March 23, 2015 – Link

Stay Focused, Keep Applying, Keep Fighting – February 2, 2015 – Link

 

翻譯版本:

美國與德州正在高級法院交鋒。在2016年4月18日,美國高級法院受理美國和德州雙方的關於DAPA和擴展DACA口頭議案。這意味著高級法院了解了為何德州和其他州會對美國政府提起訴訟的背後原因。德州和其他州都在投訴由於建立這個新項目–DAPA和DACA的擴展項目,對於經濟帶來太大的負擔。然而,奧巴馬總統及其政府則宣稱,這些項目會因為稅收而帶來經濟效益。

關於這兩個項目, 最高法院還沒下發最終裁決, 但預計在2016年6月會有結果。在此之前,DAPA和DACA的前景還沒明朗,但關於這兩個項目我們還是受到一定的支持。

與此同時:

  • DACA依然有效,如果你或者任何你身邊認識的人有符合DACA條件的,請在今天致電206-579-1255,或者登錄www.itshouldbefair.com 了解更多資訊。
  • 如果你或者你身邊認識的人符合DAPA或者DACA條件的人經過了篩選,積累存款,並且開始收集證據。
  • 如果你是代訟人,你可以跟身邊的人分享這個信息。同時可以觀看以下相關視頻:https://youtu.be/P9x9gGIZ-pU

以下是21 Progress關於DAPA和DACA擴展的貼文:
持續關注,繼續申請,共同抗爭 –2月2日,2015 –
Link

抗爭還沒結束,我們正邁向高級法院 — 11月9日,2015 – Link

DACA/DAPA 延後: 這就是現狀 – 3月23日,2015 – Link

 

한국어 번역

미국 vs. 텍사스 건이 미국 대법원에 도달했습니다. 2016년 4월 18일, DAPA와 확장형 DACA 프로그램 논쟁의 중심에 있는 미국 vs. 텍사스 건의 피고와 양고는 연방 대법원에서 구두변론 했습니다. 이것은 연방 대법원이 연방정부를 고소한 텍사스 주와 다른 주의 논리를 들었다는 뜻입니다. 이 주들은 DAPA와 확장형 DACA 프로그램을 시작하는 것이 큰 재정적 부담을 가져온다고 주장했습니다. 그러나, 오바마 정부는 DAPA와 확장형 DACA 프로그램의 세금으로 인한 주 정부 예산 증가를 주장했습니다.

아직 DAPA와 확장형 DACA 프로그램에 대한 연방 대법원의 결정은 내려지지 않았지만 2016년 6월 까지는 결정이 내려질 것이라 예상됩니다. 그때까지 프로그램의 존속여부는 불확실하나 많은 프로그램 지지자가 있습니다.

반면,

  • DACA 프로그램은 아직도 유효합니다. 만약 주변에 DACA 프로그램에 적격인 사람이 있으면 206-579-1255 또는 www.itshouldbefair.com 에서 확인하세요
  • 주변에 DAPA 또는 확장형 DACA 프로그램에 지원 할 사람이 있으면 지원자격 확인, 저축 및 증거수집을 시작하세요 (지원서는 아직 이용 할 수 없습니다)
  • 만약 당신이 대변자라면, 이 프로그램들에 관련 정보를 퍼뜨려 주세요.  짧고 유익한 비디오를 공유하세요: https://youtu.be/P9x9gGIZ-pU

DAPA 와 확장형 DACA 프로그램에 관한 21 Progress 포스트:

계속 노력하고,  신청하고, 논쟁하세요 – 2015년 2월 2일 – Link

아직 끝나지 않았습니다. 대법원으로 갑니다 – 2015년 11월 9일 – Link

DACA/DAPA 지연: 이슈관련 사실 – 2015년 3월 23일 – Link

Seven Leaders for Equity and Justice – Imagine Us

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“For the Imagine Us Award winners, we asked for nominations in the community of young equity and justice leaders between the ages of 15 and 35 years old who had performed acts of leadership that led to direct benefits for individuals and communities. We received 27 nominations for 16 candidates. Even though it was our first year, we received outstanding nominations of leadership from the sectors of education, environmental justice, labor and worker rights, housing access, and immigrant reform. These leaders were all “everyday leaders” making impact from direct access for individuals to statewide policy. From the list of 16, the selection committee narrowed the list to 7 winners, representing a tapestry of leadership across our communities.” -Imagine Us Awards chair, Susie Wu

The awardees:

{Ariana}Ariana Davis – It’s difficult to imagine that someone as young as Ariana Davis has accomplished so much in such a short period of time. This young labor activist’s vision is to build a powerful member-based union. As a mere 26 years old, Ariana is the youngest female executive board member serving United Food and Commercial Workers Local 21. Ariana has worked at Safeway since she was 16 years old, and is a dynamic leader and spokesperson for workers rights. On the ground, Ariana signed up over 400 members to Local 21’s active ballot club and gathered thousands of signatures for initiative 1433. She has organized grocery workers at Safeway and Albertson’s in Oregon, and worked on paid sick leave and minimum wage campaigns in Bellingham and Tacoma. As if that weren’t enough, Ariana has trained union members how to tell their stories to elected officials and the public, and run community forums, informational pickets, and rallies. She is also currently going through her first bargaining session as a lead spokesperson.

{Edi}Edi Flores – Edi Flores is a young man who is passionate about serving the Latino community. He has 14 years of direct social service experience at Lifewire, Bellevue LifeSpring, and currently,  Jubilee REACH, a Christian-based nonprofit partnering with Bellevue School District. Edi works tirelessly as a bilingual domestic violence child and youth advocate. Edi joined 21 Progress after learning that one of his families needed support with their DACA application. Rather than passing along information, Edi attended the Success After DACA program to educate himself and has now taken the lead at 21 Progress in reaching out to as many families as he can. His positive energy and willingness to help others are contagious, and he talks openly about his own life and the barriers he’s had to overcome, in order to encourage others not to be afraid to claim their rights. In his own words, Edi states, “As a DACA-mented young adult I have learn to be bold. I have to serve as a role model, sharing my personal experience with other undocumented students who find themselves in a similar situation. My hope is for 1079 students to continue leading with courage.”

{Amy}Amy Kele – Amy Kele inspires us because of her spirit of leadership and perseverance at such a young age and with such responsibilities. She was born in the Fiji Islands and moved to Washington State when she was four years old. Amy grew up in a mixed-immigration-status family,  within a community where opportunity was scarce, and gang violence was right outside her door. Separated from her parents for over seven years, Amy helped raise her three younger siblings and supported her elderly grandmother. Amy overcame great odds and at 19 years old, Amy currently attends the University of Washington, Bothell, being the first in her family to attend college. She is seeking an undergraduate degree in Biology and is a student advisor for incoming freshman and active member of a social justice student group.

This past year, Amy went on a 100 Women 100 Miles Pilgrimage to raise awareness for immigration reform. Upon returning,  Amy has organized one-mile marches around the Everett community to keep the discussion of reform alive. Like Edi,  Amy has taken that great leap of courage to share her own personal experiences to encourage others like her to access support in the DACA application process. Her ongoing and consistent work and dedication and commitment to her community is what inspired this award.

{Samantha}Samantha Keller – One of the descriptions that stood out to us on the Awards Committee was this statement about Samantha from her nominator: “Sam is an amazing leader – the kind of leader that does an incredible amount of work, but so rarely gets publicly recognized for all she has done to support workers and people of color.” As the program director at the Fair Work Center, Sam coordinates the Fair Work Collaborative, which conducts outreach and education on labor standards in Seattle. She is a strong community organizer who built intentional relationships with South Park and Georgetown residents in a study on of diesel exhaust pollution. Because these residents had previously experienced shoddy processes and reporting from other research agencies, Sam persisted in centering this study on the their needs and concerns. Her work resulted in a successful collaboration between citizens and researchers. Sam’s colleague at Puget Sound Sage describes Sam as a young leader who “is not afraid to challenge and speak up when inequity has been missed and is also able to hear and dialogue with differing opinions.” According to her colleague, it is Sam’s humbleness and humor which allow her to keep her activism fresh and energized.

{Saraswati}Saraswati Noel – Saraswati Noel is a math teacher at Seattle World School, which is a 100% ELL school for newly arrived immigrants, and which annually graduates students who have been in the country less than 3 years. Her nominator writes, “Saraswati is innovative with her curriculum, because she takes a subject matter that is oftentimes not seen as applicable to real life, let alone social justice and racial justice, and shows them how to apply mathematics in these contexts.” For example, after Seattle World School had been passed over repeatedly by the school district for a new building, Saraswati showed her students how math can be used to advance social justice in their lives. Under her guidance,  students designed math problems to investigate and show the added amount of travel time an average Seattle World Student took to get to their school. The students then presented these findings to the district.  As a result of their efforts, Seattle World School will now be moving into a building specially tailored to their needs. Her principal credits Saraswati with the growing leadership developing among her students: “Our ASB presidents who are Winners for Life winners both noted Ms. Noel as the one teacher influential to them.”

{Carlos}Carlos Willcuts – Carlos Willcuts is one of the Area Directors for Jubilee REACH in Bellevue, and in this role has touched countless lives of the students and families at the schools in which he has worked. Carlos’ 12 nominations nearly overwhelmed the Awards Committee.  Rather than summarize his contributions, it is more powerful for me to quote an excerpt from one of his nominators who spoke so deeply about Carlos’ impact on his life: “The thing that has inspired me to nominate Carlos for this award is the way he does things for others. His devotion for the greater good of others is what has gotten him so loved by everyone. When I was in Middle School and just got to this country,  about 6 years ago I really struggled with self-esteem and tried to fit in with a crowd of kids to not feel lonely.  And because I wanted to fit in with them I ended up misbehaving in school. This cycle continued and I kept feeling lonelier and not comfortable. It was because I didn’t have that role model to seek help with these problems. I felt desperate so I stayed in silence and I could not voice out my concerns to anybody. When Carlos showed up because of his constant pursuit, I was able to trust in him and tell him what I was going through. He helped me realize that being myself and being happy are more important than trying to impress or belong to a group of people.” This story is just one example of the first of many and different stories and impacts that Carlos has done in this community.

{Brady}
Brady Huang
– Brady is the inaugural Maeda Award winner. He is a social justice activist focused on genderism, racism and accessibility issues, an artist studying ethical leadership, and a peacemaker. Brady, a scholarship recipient at the Bush School, has led efforts to make the school more accessible for all. While on tour of a historic neighborhood in Washington DC, he saw gentrification and displacement of a century-old African American community. He brought that learning back and was co-instructor of a leadership workshop, “What’s Good in the Hood? Understanding the Roots of Gentrification in Seattle and Beyond.” Brady received a $500 monetary award to use towards any of his many projects.

Congratulations to all our Imagine Us awardees!

Imagine Us 2016, A Celebration of Young Leaders

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On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, 200 individuals committed to justice and leadership met at Mount Baker Community Club in Seattle to celebrate emergent leaders working toward equity and justice in the Seattle-Puget Sound area.

{Imagine Us Audience}The event was hosted by Joaquin Uy. He is the Ethnic Media and Communications Specialist for the Seattle Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, and also serves as a campaigns advisor for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of Bayan, a global grassroots Filipino American coalition.

{Joaquin Uy}The guests enjoyed several performances from local artists. The event opened with the original song “Take My Hand” written by Chloe Copoloff and performed by Gigi Huang, Kira Baker, Shreyas Raman, and Tye Ellis. Other performances punctuating the events of the evening included Mexican folk dancing by Luis Garcia and Breanna Hernández of Bailadores de Bronce, B-Girl Anna Banana Freeze from the Massive Monkees, and West African Drumming by Afua Kouyaté and Aboubacar “Boka” Kouyaté.

{Mexican Folk Dancers}

{African Drum Performance}Keeping with the spirit of celebrating the Seattle social justice community as family, dinner was served family-style with food prepared by our latino community and family members, Bangkok Basil, Thai Curry Simple, and Kusina Filipina.

{Setting Food on Table}We presented seven awards, including the inaugural Maeda Award, named in honor of Sharon Maeda, community activist and 21 Progress’ first executive director. Our 2016 awardees are Ariana Davis, worker’s rights advocate; Edi Flores, youth advocate; Amy Kele, student advocate; Sam Keller, worker’s advocate; Carlos Willcuts, youth and family advocate, and our Maeda Award winner Brady Huang, peace activist. To learn more about all these phenomenal leaders, please read this post.

{Brady Huang}The event was made possible by the support of many members of the community, including the following sponsors:

Community Builders:
Ellen Ferguson

Advocates:
Burien Dental
Slevin & Hart, P.C.
UFCW 21 – the founders of 21 Progress

Allies:
Cheiron Inc.
EJK Accounting
Sunrise Dental
Union Bank
Washington State Labor Council

Leaders:
Puget Sound Sage
Woodburn Company
Anne Stadler
Josephine T. Murray

To join us for this year’s Imagine Us! on April 13,  2017, purchase tickets here: http://imagineus17.bpt.me/ 

For more personal stories and to hear how 21 Progress’ programs develop skills in leaders, watch the following video featured at Imagine Us.

Welcome JoLee!

21 Progress is excited to welcome JoLee Melink to our team. JoLee is currently a student at the University of Washington at the Seattle campus. She will be interning with 21 Progress over the summer, and will be working closely with the FAIR! campaign as a program assistant.

JoLee was born in China, adopted at 10 months old, and grew up in Longview, WA. Her curiosity and passion for social justice issues are the driving force behind pursuing dual majors in both Social Welfare and American Ethnic Studies, as well as her active service around the University community. During her time at UW, JoLee has held a student assistant position at the Carlson Center and has been involved with both the Center for 21st Century Liberal Arts Learning Fellowship and with the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega.

JoLee enjoys spending her free time serving her community via projects through Alpha Phi Omega and in various organizations around Seattle. She also enjoys spending time with friends, hiking, and seeking out good food and adventure.

NEW! Summer Leadership Program: Seattle2Selma, Bridging the Movements of the Past to the Leaders of Today

21 Progress is proud to announce the launch of a their new summer leadership program:

Seattle2Selma, Bridging the Movements of the Past to the Leaders of Today

In February of 2016, 21 Progress’ Programs Director, Marissa Vichayapai, boarded a bus with 53 community members to start a 9 day pilgrimage organized by the Project Pilgrimage. Completely inspired by the work, mission, and cultivation of progressive leaders, 21 Progress partnered with Project Pilgrimage to bring the transformational experience to even more people in Washington State. Through the mentorship and support of Project Pilgrimage and 21 Progress’ exceptional commitment and service in youth leadership development, Settle2Selma was created.

Seattle2Selma is a youth centered Civil Rights Pilgrimage offering an intensive and experiential leadership development opportunity for high school and college students with an interest in making positive changes.

Starting with a series of 6-preparatory meetings, students responsibly ready themselves for the experience. Then, journeying across the deep American South over the course of 6 days, students are immersed into the historic civil rights movement through powerful human connections, visiting influential places, and engaging in diverse experiences.

Much like movements of today and the past, students can expect to be both personally and mentally challenged, as and they are forced to critically examine social concepts, reflect on personal beliefs, and analyze how history has shaped contemporary issues and society today.

Through personal drive, intentionality, analysis, and reflection, students return home with:

  • Exceptional leadership skills and experience
  • Bold vision for future self and community, while honoring the past
  • Belief in power of the people and themselves
  • Cultivation of social responsibility and commitment to social justice through action
  • Expanded community of beloved support

Upon returning home, students have the option to engage in deeper leadership opportunities to build upon the work and make real local change.

Seattle2Selma is a program of 21 Progress in partnership with Bellevue And Cleveland High Schools. Major support–including funding and inspiration and leadership support–provided by Project Pilgrimage.

Applications for Summer 2016 are currently open. Apply here by April 12th, midnight. Click here to share the info flyer.

Call for Nominations for Imagine Us!

Click here to nominate a young leader committed to justice and equity today!

On April 27th, 21 Progress is hosting our first annual Imagine Us! Celebrating Bold and Visionary Leadership, a multicultural award ceremony and dinner dedicated to awarding emerging leaders between the ages of 15-35 who are committed to equity and justice in Seattle and the entire Puget Sound region. Our leadership award ceremony will showcase and honor young individuals empowering their communities in bold and innovative ways.

Nominate a leader now!

21 Progress is a leadership nonprofit committed to equity and justice. 21 Progress provides programs that empower leaders among diverse and immigrant young people and advances bold ideas for economic and social justice.

We need your help! We hope to gather a diverse pool of nominees. Help us with your nomination TODAY. Click here for the nomination form.

NOMINATION INSTRUCTIONS:

All nominations must be submitted by Friday, April 1 at 5pm. Please consider the following guidelines when selecting an individual for the nomination:

Criteria for consideration:

  1. INSPIRATION: An emerging leader between the ages of 15-35 years old who encounters inequity or injustice, and makes a conscious decision to take action.
  2. ACTION: An identifiable act or group of acts that clearly demonstrate extraordinary boldness and/or commitment to advancing human rights. These leadership acts may include, but are not exclusive to:
    • Works for racial, economic and/or social justice.
    • Provides courageous leadership within a community to resolve inequity or injustice.
    • Develops innovative programs advancing human rights.
    • Supports equal opportunities and workplaces free from discrimination
  3. IMPACT: Definable and visible benefits for the community that resulted from this act or group of acts of leadership.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE AWARDS:

The Imagine Us Awards are a way to personify our mission of developing diverse leaders committed to equity and justice. By identifying these Imagine Us award recipients, we hope to change the conversation on how we define leadership and recognize the hundreds of young people committed to equity and justice.

IMAGINE US! AWARDS SELECTION:

We will select 6 winners of the Imagine Us Awards from the community. All Imagine Us Award winners are invited to the leadership award ceremony on April 27, as well as their guests. Winners will share their stories of leadership at the event!

Additionally, one of the Imagine Us Award winners will be awarded the Maeda Leadership Award.  This award was created in honor of Sharon Maeda, the first executive director and a social justice activist for almost 40 years. This award honors a leader who is deeply committed to justice and equity and has become a catalyst for change in the community. This may include a young leader who has taken an important stand, a young activist who has overcome extraordinary challenges and created innovative solutions. The winner of this award will receive a gift of $500 to support the leader’s goals.

Thank you for your participation and help as we celebrate our young leaders. 21 Progress will collect all nominations submitted by Friday, April 1, 2016. Honorees will be notified by April 8, 2016 and  receive their awards at our First Annual Imagine Us leadership award ceremony on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 in Seattle, WA. Please contact wendy@21progress.org with any questions or concerns.

Enrique’s Build Your Dream Story

My name is Enrique – I’m a 21 Progress Build Your Dream leader and volunteer.

I want to tell you how I went from a protective big brother trying to help my two siblings, Ricardo and Angel, and myself get through a complex, tiring, and expensive immigration system to developing into a community leader in six months.

Almost four years ago, I signed up for DACA, a federal program for immigrants to avoid unjust immigration challenges, access a work permit, and pursue higher education opportunities. I was grateful for the powerful activists who made this law possible for me but wasn’t directly involved in the immigrant justice community yet.

My family paid over $8,000 for the legal costs and government fees upfront to keep us safe, but I wasn’t sure how to contribute and make a difference outside of my family, yet.

Every two years I am required to renew my DACA status, so this time, I decided to do things differently. I received free legal assistance from NWIRP and signed up for the 21 Progress Build Your Dream Program that same night. .

Instead of paying $465 up front to renew my DACA, I signed up for the $46.50/month interest-free loan. Not only did 21 Progress make sure I understood the loan process, but they also helped develop my goals and future!

This program is amazing because payments are less than $50 a month and they’re made to a credit union that cares about community issues and justice.

I get to build financial credit for my future and every dollar I pay back helps another student reach their dreams. I receive free access to career, college, and leadership opportunities where I get to contribute my ideas and learn from others. Finally, I get to meet women and men who are trying to support their families and make a difference too.

In 2016, I plan to start my career in information technology and consulting, empower more students and families to lead and get involved for justice and opportunity. Thanks to 21 Progress, my dream is within reach.

21 Progress Launches A Summer Internship Program

College students and rising activist: Thinking about how you could make a living while also following your passion and heart? Are you curious about working in non-profits, the social justice field, and making impactful community change using innovation and grassroots organizing?

21 Progress is proud to launch it’s summer 2016 internship program with internship positions crafted just for people like you! 

Internship positions are competitive, and we’re especially excited to announce that all positions will be paid. Undergraduates, graduate students and rising activist are encouraged to apply early.

All applications must be received by January 22nd, 2016. Final decisions will be made by February 15th.

“We envision a fun, innovative, and hands-on internship program bustling with courageous and passionate people who are eager to take on challenges, opportunities, and make a lasting difference. We want to share our favorite tools and learning lessons with those in the community who are exploring their own purpose- both professionally and personally.  This is at the heart of what we do and who we’re about.”  Marissa Vichayapai, Special Projects Coordinator, 21 Progress.

Learning opportunities to 21P interns include:

  • Work one-on-one with a hands-on and passionate staff person. Check out 21P’s amazing team here
  • Join an expansive a powerful network of social justice activists, and movement builders
  • Orientation, training, goal setting, supervision and professional support will be provided
  • All interns should expect to walk away with new hard skills, first hand experience working with professionals and clients, and understanding of social justice non-profit work
  • Right in the heart of the Seattle’s international district,  learn and work in one of the most beautiful, progressive, and diverse neighborhoods in the U.S.

To learn more about 21P’s summer internship opportunity, click here.

About 21 Progress

21 PROGRESS runs programs and campaigns that empower leaders among the hard working people of Washington and advances bold ideas for economic and social justice. 21 Progress serves youth and young adults of color, and many who identify as undocumented or immigrant workers and/or students. If you’re interested in learning more about internship or volunteer opportunities contact 21 Progress at info@21progress.orgor (206) 829-8382.

Contact

409 Maynard Ave S Suite 202, Seattle, WA 98104

P: 206-829-8382 | E: info@21progress.org

www.21progress.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/21Progress

Twitter: 21PROGRESS_

Amy Kele Calls to Action Undocumented Asians and Pacific Islanders

Fearless volunteer and 21 Progress leader, Amy Kele, has recently been in the news, and in videos sharing her story and increasing Asian and Pacific Islander visibility when it comes to immigration reform. She was more recently interviewed by Hawai`i Radio Connection‘s Braddah Gomes about her recent 100 mile pilgrimage.

You have to check out Amy’s candid interview.

Amy chats candidly about her own family’s story, their journey from Fiji to the U.S. and how they eventually ended up undocumented. Amy also calls allies and other undocumented APIs to ACTION asking them to come forward, share their stories, and STOP hiding in the shadow. 

Listen to and share Amy’s powerful story now.

Want to learn more about the movement? Do you or anyone you know need immigration assistance? Contact marissa@21progress.org or call (206) 578-1255.

Welcome 2015-2016 MSW Graduate Interns!

21 Progress is excited to welcome our new Graduate Interns, Angela Aphayvanh and Francesca Gatuz. Angela and Francesca are both masters students at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work.

Angela

Angela Aphayvanh is a first generation Lao American originally from South Seattle. She has a burning passion for educational equity among underrepresented students of color, community organizing, and immigration reform. She is also an active alumni, sometimes a math tutor, web programming volunteer, a science instructor for the Washington State Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA) program, and a member of the Southeast Asian American Access in Education (SEAeD) Coalition.

Angela received her Bachelor of Arts in Asian International Studies with a Minor in History from the University of Washington, and is currently pursuing an MSW degree with hopes of bridging the gap between social justice and technology to empower communities of color.

Outside of school and the office, Angela enjoys running with her dog, drawing, and reading. She is an RPG video game enthusiast and an amateur fencer.

Francesca

Francesca Gatuz was born and raised on the island of Guam. She moved to Los Angeles in 2007 to attend Loyola Marymount University. During her time there, she worked as a Career Counselor Paraprofessional, served as member liaison and then president of Isang Bansa (the premier Filipino and Filipino-American student organization), and performed Filipino folk dance. After graduating with a Bachelors of Psychology in 2011, she found herself back in Guam, where she spent her time working at Erica’s House: A Family Visitation Center and providing volunteer support to Island Girl Power.

In 2014, Francesca made a new home in Seattle and began her graduate studies at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. She hopes to build her skills in empowering marginalized communities through intergroup dialogue, policy analysis and advocacy, leadership development, and community organizing.

In her free time, Francesca enjoys hanging out with family and friends, going to the beach, attending concerts, dancing, and cooking. She is currently a member of the UW’s Social Work Asian Pacific Islander Affinity Group and GABRIELA Seattle.