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Reyna Montoya

About Reyna Montoya

Reyna was born in Tijuana, Mexico and migrated to Arizona in 2003 fleeing violence. She is an undocumented/DACAmented social entrepreneur, community organizer, educator, and dancer. She is a 2016 Soros Justice Fellow, which enable her to start Aliento. She is also a founding member of the first Teach For America DACA Advisory Board. Reyna holds bachelor degrees in Political Science and Transborder Studies and a Dance minor from Arizona State University; she also holds a M.Ed in Secondary Education from Grand Canyon University. She recently completed an executive education program from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She has engaged in local, statewide and national platforms to advance justice for immigrant communities. In 2013, she was the lead organizer, who prevented an immigration bus of undocumented immigrants from deportation in Phoenix, AZ for the first time in the nation’s history. In the same year, with the help of the community, she stopped her father’s deportation. She was also recognized as 2017 #NBCLatino20 and the Muhammad Ali Center as the 2018 Humanitarian Recipient for Spirituality. She hopes to share her talents and skills with the community to co-create healing spaces, political change, and leadership development of our immigrant youth and migrant families.

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Date: Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 4:00pm
Location: Zoom
Type & Genre: Celebration, Ceremony; Community, Latinx

Imagine being a first generation student and feeling a deep sense of pride as graduation is coming to celebrate this milestone with friends, family, teachers, and mentors. Many schools had to make the tough decision of cancelling or postponing graduations and some are doing virtual engagements. As we kept hearing from our students about the longing of graduating we wanted to take a moment to celebrate their accomplishments in community, because there is always hope, even during a pandemic.