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JULISA PEREZ, 20

Julisa Pérez is the Executive College Director for IntegrateNYC a student led, non-profit organization that stands for integration and equity in New York City public schools. Pérez began her activism work in her high school, where she was Vice President of the Hispanos Unidos club. She set out to make an inclusive and welcoming environment for all by organizing panels and discussions to educate students on current events as well as elevate the voices of those that aren’t often heard.

Pérez’s advocacy at school led her to work with IntegrateNYC. Pérez started off as one of the founders of the Relationships Committee and has written policy proposals to push for culturally responsive education, social identities clubs, and ethnic studies courses towards the Department of Education. She was part of IntegrateNYC’s Leadership Council, traveling to Albany to speak with the board of regents on what they believe would transform their schools to equitably serve its students. As Executive College Director, Pérez has focused on internal strategic planning, facilitating meetings, and creating partnerships with other organizations, all while supporting her team in any way needed.

Pérez is currently studying political science at Brooklyn College and hopes to continue her work in elevating youth voice while fighting for justice.