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roque armenta

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Roque's a second generation Xicanx with Southeast Los Angeles roots having grown up in Huntington Park, California. Roque's parents immigrated from Mexico to the U.S. and experienced immense racism going through the public school systems in California and Texas which influenced Roque's drive around racial and educational justice.

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Jay Banks

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Jay is an unabashedly Black, unabashedly queer digital media, pop culture, political, and performing arts enthusiast. Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, he received an undergraduate degree in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University, which naturally led him to a career in digital organizing and political organizing.

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Aurora Castellanos

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Aurora immigrated from Mexico to the United States at the age of nine. She grew up in Oakland’s working-class and immigrant neighborhoods. During her high school years, she was able to overcome the fears caused by her undocumented status by engaging in youth organizing.

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Esmeralda Castro

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Esmeralda is a proud Latina woman, without a college degree, but heavily equipped with lived experiences from her humble upbringing. She is the daughter of two immigrant parents from Autlan, Jalisco, Mexico who have together taught her from an early age about injustices, but also about hard work and perseverance.

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Inés García

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Inés was born in Oaxaca, México to farming working parents who raised her in Merced, California. She is the first in her family to attend college and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Business Economics from the University of California, Merced.

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Mynor Godoy

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Mynor is the son of Guatemalan immigrants, born into the diaspora that has made Los Angeles home. Mynor was the first in his family to attend college and worked with the Early Academic Outreach Program at the University of California, Irvine 

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Nancy Jessup

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Nancy was born in a small farm town in Indiana, moved to a small town in Michigan, and then on to Pennsylvania. Her childhood experiences created a sense of deep connection to the natural world, both prairies and woodlands. Coming out as lesbian during high school propelled her onto a path of personal inquiry, social justice work, and lifelong learning.

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