EDUCATION ADVOCACY

LIBRARIES

National Legislative Week

At National Legislative Week, I represented Utah libraries along with two fellow delegates—the Utah State Librarian and Utah Library Association President. Together, we visited the Washington D.C. offices of Utah Senator Hatch and other elected representatives and engaged in discussions that increased focus on Utah library issues and priorities.

Statewide Campaigns & Other Activities

Together with selected Utah library leaders, I co-led a statewide campaign to raise awareness of the importance of libraries. Our campaign successfully culminated with Governor Huntsman’s signing of the concurrent resolution designating Love Your Library week in Utah.

At Utah State Capitol for Governor Hunstman’s signing of concurrent resolution

From 2007 to 2010, I directed statewide operations of the Utah Center for the Book, a state affiliate of the National Center for the Book at the Library of Congress. I established partnerships with institutions throughout the state and instituted the Center’s first strategic plans. In this capacity, I led campaigns and implemented programs that promote libraries, authorship, reading, and books throughout the state of Utah.


SCHOOLS

United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA)

Through the duration of the UTLA strike in 2019, I proudly joined the picket lines alongside teachers and families daily.

In 2016, I served as a parent delegate with a UTLA delegation led by Alex Caputo Pearl. Our small delegation with individual Board members to discuss priority issues, address concerns, and propose solutions.

Castelar Street Elementary School parents, teachers, and greater community members following parent organized press conference, 2019

Castelar Elementary School & Elysian Heights Elementary Arts Magnet

For years, I have contributed to schools as an active parent volunteer in the classrooms, a School Site Council Vice Chair (multiple years), and an active member of parent groups —e.g., Vice Chair for multiple years with Friends and Alumni of Castelar Elementary School (F.A.C.E.S.)

Additional Activities

I continue to advocate for schools, bringing attention to issues through media coverage. I did an interview with Kyle Stokes to discuss the LAUSD Choices program. The segment was radio broadcasted on the KCRW station. Additional media coverage secured includes a co-organized press conference during the 2019 UTLA Strikes on location at Castelar Street Elementary as well as reports on our efforts to prevent co-location at Castelar Street Elementary with Metro Charter School (various news outlets).

I attend LAUSD Board meetings as necessary to communicate about inconsistencies in the interpretation and implementation of policies and procedures, propose changes to minimize and eliminate inequities, and to improve outcomes for the underserved. Most notably, I spoke on behalf of F.A.C.E.S. and as a parent of a student at Castelar Street Elementary School on the LAUSD procedures for determining and offering school sites for co-location.