Youth Advisory Board

The Washington Ethnic Studies Now (WAESN) Youth Advisory Board is made up of BIPOC students from Washington State who meet monthly to share their work and ideas around supporting Ethnic Studies and racial justice in Washington Schools, helping advise the WAESN Executive Team’s steps for expansion.

We have a unique opportunity as the WAESN Youth Advisory Board to speak our goals and dreams into reality. As a new organization, we have the flexibility and power to create an organization for and by BIPOC youth, using our actions to make for a better future for minoritized students.

Alexis Mburu

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Foster High School, Tukwila

Alexis Mburu is 10th grader at Foster High School in Tukwila, WA. She is a part of the Black Student Union leadership team at FHS, a member of the Washington State NAACP Youth Council, and on the Tukwila Children’s Foundation Youth Grant making Board.

Danna Martinez Leyva

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West Seattle High School, Seattle

Danna is a rising 6th grader moving from Louisa Boren K-8 STEM to West Seattle High School. At STEM, Danna was a member of the BSU and BIPOC student organizations. This is her second year serving on the WAESN Youth Advisory Board.

Emily Huynh

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Kentridge High School, Kent

Emily Huynh is a junior at Kentridge High School in Kent, WA. Emily joined WAESN to amplify the voices of young activists, including her own, by contributing her time to assist in advocating for socially relevant, anti-racist, and anti-discriminatory learning courses within Washington school districts. She is the President of her school’s Girl’s Honor chapter, which works to empower and support women in local communities and is the Vice President of her school’s Amnesty International chapter, which aims to educate young people on the subject of international human rights. Emily has taken her passion for social activism and integrated it with her commitment as a writer and editor for multiple Gen-Z lead media platforms dedicated to representing BIPOC communities.

Priyanka Mukhara

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Interlake High School, Bellevue

Priyanka Mukhara is a junior at Interlake High School in Bellevue, Washington. She started getting involved in activism as a freshman, and is spearheading the effort to integrate antiracist curriculum into the Bellevue School District’s learning standards. She joined WAESN as a way for her to get her ideas out there, and to help fulfill her passion for achieving racial equity.

Siona Wadhawan

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University Prep High School, Seattle

Siona is a junior at University Prep high school in Seattle leading anti-racist work at her own school as well as through a youth advocacy group known as the Eastside Change Coalition. Siona joined WAESN in order to be involved in creating anti-racist, social-justice oriented curriculums and build a future of learning that centers student growth and wellness.

Tara Ryan

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Henry Foss High School, Tacoma

Tara Ryan is a junior at Henry Foss High, a committed and caring leader who seeks opportunities to be dedicated to organizations and movements creating greater societal change and helping others in the process. She’s found her passions lay at the intersections of applied math, data science, and equity. These have led her to WAESN, the Mayor’s Youth Commission of Tacoma, FairVote Washington, and the Washington Student Math Association. She joined WAESN to push for ethnic studies curriculum in Tacoma, in order to begin to tear down white supremacy in education and mend the myriad of ways it has harmed all students but most heavily students of color.