Byron Dondoyano is 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.
Byron is fighting education equity on two fronts, in higher education and early childhood education. His work in higher education includes leading a religious accommodations bill, 2019 Senate Bill 5166, in the Washington State legislature. The bill creates a more inclusive, affirming environment for religious minorities who are navigating a Western education system while observing their faith. He has continued his work as the Director of Public Policy at Convergence on Campus, working to bring the bill to other states.
As an early childhood educator, he uses his platform as one of the few men of color in the field to bring about more awareness and diversity. He has conducted research on “Exploring the Lack of Men of Color in Early Childhood Education”, hosted a webinar for Jumpstart for men of color corps members, and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Early Childhood Education at the University of Las Vegas-Nevada. He hopes to shape future early childhood education policy at the local, state, and federal levels.