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


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.

Priyanka Mukhara


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.

Danna V. Martinez Leyva


Louisa Boren STEM K-8, Seattle

Danna Martinez Leyva is an 8th grade student at STEM K-8. She has been an activist since the 5th grade. She’s part of her school’s Black Student Union and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) Group, and now a Youth Advisory Board Member for WAESN. She joined WAESN because she wants her voice to be heard loud and clear so she can make changes about racism and discrimination in school districts and in the entire world.

Siona Wadhawan


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.