Isabel Ortega

Isabel Ortega

Student Panelist

Digital Promise

Isabel Ortega is a 16-year-old Junior at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) after simultaneously graduating from Middle College High School and Santa Ana College with her Associate's Degree in 2021. She is studying Political Science, Chicanx and Central American Studies, and Labor Studies. Isabel participated in the virtual Students for Equitable Education Summit with Digital Promise. This national social justice summit is a student-led movement calling for equitable education that values, honors, and affirms the identity of every student. She worked with other students to lead the session, “2D: Diversity Builds Dimension.” Educators and community members heard firsthand how being in spaces that lack cultural inclusivity personally affects youth and dreams as to what this could and SHOULD look like in the future. As she continues her journey in college, Isabel is determined to continue advocating for youth to be heard and accounted for. Other groups she is part of: Santa Ana Youth Ballot: A youth-led grassroots organization working to build power and amplify the voice of underrepresented youth communities. California Freedom Summer: A participatory-action research project helping promote youths’ leadership, strengthen linkages among communities, and increase youth voter turnout. Speech and Debate at Santa Ana Unified School District: Coaching with the philosophy that all students are capable to succeed given the necessary resources, empowerment, and support.

Monday, April 4, 2022

4:40 pm
5:20 pm

Proximity, Parent Power, And Learner Voice

Harbor F, Level 2

Centering and Amplifying Student Voice & Choice