The Russlynn Ali Fellowship program lays the foundation for current and future policymakers, researchers, advocates, and educators to become lifelong leaders within California’s education ecosystem.
During the 8 to 10 week summer experience, Fellows will gain exposure to the issues, policies, and politics of the current California landscape and will work on projects to advance educational equity and racial justice issues.
The inaugural cohort of 2018 Russlynn Ali Fellows is a group of teachers, education policy researchers and advocates who represent the diversity and vision of California’s K-12 and Higher Education and social justice communities.
The five Fellows, who were selected from a highly competitive field of more than 150 applicants, will work on projects to advance educational equity and racial justice issues statewide over the course of the eight- to ten-week fellowship. The program honors the legacy of Russlynn Ali, founding executive director of The Education Trust—West.
The 2018 Russlynn Ali Summer Fellows
Xavier Buck is committed to making higher education more accessible for all students. A southern California native, he worked on access to higher education as an intern for Congresswoman Linda T. Sanchez, researched black student success on UC and CSU campus climates, and is active in demanding more progressive admission policies for enrolling black and Latino graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley. Currently, he is a Ph.D. student and Chancellor’s Fellow in history at UC Berkeley. He is excited to learn more about policy advocacy strategies and approaches as part of ETW’s deepening work in higher education research and policy.
Analiese Camacho is a Southern California native who was born, raised, and educated in the same small town, Azusa, for twenty-one years. She holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. For the last four years she has been an English Language teacher in Las Vegas, and she recently also became the English Language Strategist at her school site. In her career, she has focused on supporting and advocating for emergent bilingual students and their families. At ETW this summer, Analiese is looking forward to using her classroom experience to help encourage other educators to think deeply and honestly about themselves, their students, and their instructional practices.
Jovel is currently a high school chemistry teacher and advisor at Leadership Public Schools in East Oakland. They are also a Fellow with the Knowles Teaching Initiative – a national fellowship for early career teachers focused on equity in math and science instruction. Jovel is excited to learn more about education beyond the classroom and holds a BS in Biology and Masters in Education from Stanford University. This summer, they will join the ETW Practice team to develop and execute a plan for engaging a network of teachers to help inform ETW advocacy.
Sally has a deep passion for addressing social inequality through education, which stems from her own experiences growing up as a low-income, first-generation student in East Los Angeles. While at UC Berkeley, Sally mobilized her peers to engage elected officials as the Director of Lobby Corps, a student-led lobby group. She was also appointed to the City of Berkeley’s Commission on Early Childhood Education and has worked in the U.S. Department of Education and the Mayor’s Office in Berkeley and in San Francisco. Most recently, she worked at Generation Citizen to empower students to use personal stories to advocate for policy change. At Ed Trust–West this summer, Sally will support data collection to inform and support ETW’s research agenda and data disaggregation for Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander students. In the fall, Sally will be pursuing a Masters in Public Policy at the University of Southern California.
Rachel is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy & Organizations at UC Berkeley with a specialization in Higher Education Administration. Using a Black feminist epistemology, Rachel evaluates the political economy of public higher education. At the heart of Rachel’s work is a deep commitment to uplifting the narratives of historically marginalized students and communities, and advocating for equity throughout the education pipeline. Rachel joins the Education Trust–West after a decade-long career working with education-related non-profits, schools, and colleges. During her time as a Russlynn Ali Summer Fellow, she hopes to bring a passion for justice-oriented storytelling and organizing to the team. Rachel will play an instrumental role publishing Ed Trust–West’s annual report alongside the Operations team.