Sergio Arroyo, 1st generation Xicano born in San Francisco and has lived and worked in the Oakland community for over 20 years. Sergio began organizing for educational and social justice issues at the age of 15. He Co- Founded the Raza Leadership Program in 2000 at the Spanish Speaking Citizens’ Foundation in an effort to address the under-representation of Raza (Latinx) youth in community leadership programs across Oakland. The program was centered on Raza history and civic engagement. His work to give voice and knowledge to young people set him on a path in education, teaching Raza Studies across OUSD schools since 2007. Sergio has collaborated with the district as a contractor with the OUSD Department of Equity, Latino Student Achievement Task Force, and the OUSD Sanctuary Task force providing educational training to adults working with Oakland youth. Sergio is currently enrolled in the Ethnic Studies Graduate Program at San Francisco State University.