Alejandra Perez was a recipient of a Fellowship from the Marcy Migdal Fund for Educational Equality. The award supports exceptional students engaged in activities aimed at enhancing access to education for vulnerable students, either locally or throughout the world, and helping them succeed in their education. Click here to learn more about the Marcy Migdal Fund.
Alejandra Perez grew up in Guatemala City, never imagining a life as an immigrant in Seattle. After years of dedicated commitment to her coursework and to her community, Alejandra was accepted into her dream school, University of Washington Bothell. When Alejandra was awarded the Marcy Migdal Fellowship, she was a third year student pursuing a double major in Society, Ethics, and Human Behavior and American Ethnic Studies with a double minor in Education and Society and Diversity Studies.
Through her studies, Alejandra noticed that the social structure of laws, legislation, and history of immigration in the United States highly impacts the educational social institution. Through the exploration of the intersectionality of her identities and sharing her story of self, Alejandra has developed her passion to explore projects with a focus on issues of social justice, equity, and diversity, especially as they relate to undocumented and low-income youth.
The funds from the Marcy Migdal helped support Alejandra as she passionately worked on multiple projects and continued her education at UW Bothell. Alejandra co-directed the annual Beyond HB 1079 Conference, which is put together by undocumented college students for undocumented youth, students, families, and advocates of undocumented workers. Through this experience, Alejandra built strong relationships with major school districts and public colleges across the state. Alejandra also is committed to developing, conducting, and facilitating Undocu Advocacy Trainings for faculty, staff, educators, and community members who are committed to be advocates for undocumented students. These are six-hour long trainings that are conducted at UW Bothell every quarter.