Classnotes Podcast 238

A Bright Future in Education Advocacy – Podcast Episode 238 | Classnotes Podcast 238

Classnotes Podcast (November 9, 2023). At IDRA we often say “everyone is a policy advocate.” This means that everyone has the right and responsibility to be involved in the policymaking processes that influence education. This especially is true for communities of color who are often intentionally left out of this process.

Our IDRA Education Policy Fellows each brought their unique talents and abilities to influence policy and advocate at the Texas and Georgia Legislatures. With this program, IDRA set out to change the landscape of state education advocacy by training advocates with a commitment to and experience with communities of color to influence state laws and lead a powerful network of impacted communities.

Mikayla Arciaga, M.A.Ed., IDRA Georgia advocacy director, led a conversation with fellows: Steve Kemgang, Diana Long, Jonathan Peraza Campos, M.S., Alisha “Tuff” Tuff, and Ruth M. Youn. In this last installment of the three-part series, the fellows describe the reason they applied to the fellowship, their new knowledge gained, and post fellowship plans.

The IDRA Education Policy Fellows Program that operated from November 2022 through July 2023 was generously supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Kresge Foundation.

Show length: 32:02 min.


IDRA 2022-23 Fellows – Bios and writings

IDRA Education Policy Fellows Program

Post-fellowship evaluation report of the program’s first cycle

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Show Notes

  • Alisha, Diana, Steve, Jonathan and Ruth recount their decisions to apply for the IDRA Education Policy Fellows program.

  • The fellows talk about applying their personal passions and areas of expertise to their work as fellows and consider how their unique backgrounds impacted their experience.

  • Mikayla asks each of their fellows to share their post-fellowship plans.