Policy Research Fellow
Alejandro Izaguirre joined Raise Your Hand Texas in January 2020 as the policy research fellow. In his role, he conducts research for the policy team to support their work in the 2021 Texas Legislative session and produces podcast episodes for the organization’s podcast series, “Intersect Ed.”
He graduated from St. Edward’s University in the Spring of 2020 with a degree in Political Science. As a first-generation Honduran and DACA recipient, Alejandro learned that his socioeconomic and citizenship status determined the resources he had access to. After his Teaching Fellowship with Breakthrough Houston, he found that his passion lies in developing methods to advance educational equity and eliminate the opportunity gap low-income students experience.
His drive to dismantle systemic inequities led him to internship experiences with the Texas House of Representatives, Annie’s List, the Office of Austin Mayor Steve Adler, and the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program at the University of California, Berkeley. In the Fall of 2019, he worked in the Office of Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee as a Legislative Fellow in the US House of Representatives through the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI).
In the future, Alejandro intends to pursue a joint degree in public policy and law to broaden his understanding of constitutional roles at the federal and state level and immerse himself in methods of challenging disparities by developing appropriate systems.
As a classroom community, our capacity to generate excitement is deeply affected by our interest in one another, in hearing one another’s voices, in recognizing one another’s presence. - Bell Hooks
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