TAYSF Advocacy Fellows 2015-16

Transitional Age Youth San Francisco TAY Advocate Fellows 2015-16:

 Darwin Velasquez

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Darwin Velasquez was born in La Union, El Salvador. Darwin immigrated to the United States at the age of twelve. When he reunited with his parents in San Francisco he immediately started learning English. After graduating high school in 2013 he continued his education at Skyline College. In 2013 he became a Policy Advocate for Educators for Fair Consideration (e4fc). During his time with e4fc Darwin did policy advocacy in equal access to health care for everyone in California regardless theirimmigration status, ethnic background, gender or economic status. After his time with E4FC, he became an Emerson Dream Ambassador Fellow at Emerson Collective where he helped College Track undocumented students have the resources they needed to graduate college.

This fall, Darwin transferred to the University of San Francisco to continue his studies in international Studies. DarwinÕs goal/dream is to pursue his Ph.D. in International and Multicultural Education.

EdianBlair Schofield

edianphotoAfter immigrating to the United States from the islands of the Philippines, EdianBlair Schofield is a queer/gay, Filipino American activist who values the importance of experiential learning, critical thinking, and holistic approaches towards social justice and social equity.  Prior to his interest in politics and social justice, EdianBlair experienced the institution of mental health which resulted in him attending alternative high school.  In that process, EdianBlair experienced several traumatic experiences that motivated him to change the systems and institutions at play.  He knows that through these challenging experiences, change and progress will occur on a personal and political level.  EdianBlair combined his passion for critical pedagogy and youth empowerment by working at Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center (LYRIC) in which he worked as a Queer Educator intern. He also worked at the City College of San Francisco Women’s Resource Center as an Information and Referral Specialist and the coordinator.

Currently a student leader at City College of San Francisco,  EdianBlair envisions himself transferring to a university in which he hopes to double major in Sociology, as well as Asian American Studies.  Later, he will pursue graduate degrees in critical pedagogy in education, social work, and/or public policy.  Putting these degrees into action, EdianBlair hopes to create intentional discussions about the wisdom in lived experiences (with an emphasis of race, gender, sexuality, abilities, and class). He is also passionate about creating intentional and inclusive educational strategies  that promote healing and move towards social justice.