After working with youths at her home church in Atlanta, Ashley first recognized her keen interest in improving children’s educational outcomes during her second semester at Emory University, while taking a course on “Nonprofits and Politics.” The daughter of two Dominican immigrants, Ashley’s awareness grew of the systemic, unequal educational outcomes attained by minority children in the United States, often children of color or of low-income. It was then that she decided fostering substantial improvements to educational access, quality, and success for children would be her career focus.
Her accomplishments while at Emory included co-creating an annual $1,000 scholarship for Hispanic/Latino students with financial need at her alma mater, mentoring and tutoring elementary- and middle-school Nepali and Hispanic children, and mobilizing culturally diverse high schoolers to launch a community website and co-plan a 400-attendee community soccer tournament.
In 2014, she was accepted into Emory’s Community Building and Social Change Fellowship program, where she developed her community organizing skills necessary to facilitate cross-sectoral, resident-driven, place-based change, especially on issues of educational equity. She graduated cum laude a year later with a B.A. in International Studies and French Studies.
Outside of work, Ashley is very involved in programs at her church. She also enjoys spending time with her extended Dominican family and friends, sampling non-American cuisines, and exploring her artistic creativity through singing, music-writing, and blogging.
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