Meet 2016'S BOLD SUMMER LEADERSHIP INTERNS
Learn about the talented and passionate students who were apart of Bold Summer's inaugural year.
Michel Baños Garcia
Michel Baños Garcia is Undocumented, Unapologetic, and Unafraid. She was born in Xochimilco, Mexico and is currently attending the University of Washington in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. She is extremely passionate about working with marginalized communities and has a long history in activism work. Michel believes in always approaching things with an intersectional lens in order to create inclusive and safe spaces for all folks.
While in college, Michel has done much of her work with MEChA de UW, a Latinx based social justice organization that has worked on issues of intersectionality with a focus on higher education and resource accessibility. Most recently, Michel was a part of a campaign for student government at the University of Washington in order to shed light on the reality and the inequities underrepresented students face on campus. She is extremely excited to bring her experiences and hopes to learn how to attribute them to a non profit organization like 21 Progress.
Losa is a first generation Ethiopian American. She was raised in Burien and Lake City WA around loving East African immigrants who have taught her the importance of fighting for justice. She currently attends Western Washington University and studies Human Services and Education and Social Justice. Losa is passionate about racial and social justice in order to dismantle various systems of oppression her best way through direct action organizing.
She spends a lot of her time organizing on campus and with the United States Student Association, a non profit organization centered on student organizing for Education Justice. She represents the People of African Descent caucus with the organization connecting to many intersectional college students around the country fighting to end mass incarceration, sexual violence, various paramilitary forces such as police and ICE. Due to her identities, the connections and intersections between anti-blackness and immigration are very clear and want to transform our current marginalizing systems through community imagination and organizing to center the narratives and critiques into transformative systems where undocuBlack trans and queer people can seek liberation as the indicator for the liberation of all people. Losa encourages folks to think and envision a world in which marginalized communities are able to live – lovingly, safely and fully healthy (physically, mentally and spiritually) within the systems we live in.
Losa loves to channel art and activism into her life in and out of organizing through dancing, swimming, visual art and writing.
Originally from Wallingford, TIlboon Elberier currently lives in Kenmore, Washington, where he attends Inglemoor High School. He is currently enrolled in the very rigorous IB program, in which he hopes to attain his IB diploma this coming Spring. He currently is employed with 21progress through the Teens in Public Service program, which employs driven high school students, through a very competitive selection process, to Seattle based non-profit organizations in the area. Apart from school Tilboon holds various leadership positions from developing his own club, which strives to educate students on developing issues in the Scientific world. To being a very strong Key Club member and holding various positions including public representative, and Kiwanis Family relations. He also is of Sudanese heritage and is very involved with developing the Sudanese community within Seattle. Outside of these programs, Tilboon is currently employed as a film crew Associate at AMC Woodinville 12, where he works part time on the weekends.
He will be applying to universities in the coming fall, and hopes to attend the University of Washington. In his free time, Tilboon enjoys playing sports such as Soccer and Basketball at his school. Hanging out with friends, and divulging himself into the arts, whether it be musically, artistically, or creatively.
Raised in Burien and grew up in Everett, Washington, Daniel has lived his whole life in and around the Seattle area. He is currently pursuing degrees in Fine Arts, Photomedia and Informatics at the University of Washington. Inspired by avant-garde artists and drawing from his experience as a first-generation Vietnamese American, Daniel uses art and technology as a platform to raise issues on social justice. His most recent art work has responded to the lack of Asian representation in the media and the struggles of Asian Americans in the American education system. Meanwhile, he has been designing technology solutions for nonprofits.
Daniel has worked as an intern for OCA-Greater Seattle chapter and as the lead education programmer for University of Washington Housing and Food Services. Here, he has designed programs around diversity and mental health for other students in addition to creating marketing pieces to promote those events. When he is free, you can bet he is either drinking tea or enthusing about tea.
Allison is a Filipina originally from northern New Jersey. After living in Sequim, WA for eight years, she moved to Seattle to study at the University of Washington where she is pursuing a dual degree in Business (Entrepreneurship) and Anthropology. She has since been an active part of Undergraduate Diversity Services (UDS)—a pipeline program for underrepresented students of color from high school to post-graduation—at the Michael G. Foster School of Business, as well as the business fraternity Delta Sigma Pi, the Lavin Entrepreneurship Program, and other organizations focused on environmental & social justice, art, and leadership. Allison’s greatest passions lie at the intersections of social justice and art, which she plans to explore as part of her career.
When not in the classroom or workplace, Allison can be found DJing hip hop, r&b, electronic, and club music as DJ Phenohype; busting a (ballet, jazz, tap, or hip hop dance) move; spending time with friends and family over food; and/or sharing anything and everything about Pharrell Williams.
Elizabeth Perez Garcia
Bio coming soon...
Sara is a native of Brooklyn New York. She is a recent graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst Massachusetts. She graduated with a major, in photography and a marine science certificate from the Five-College Costal and Marine Sciences Program. Sara has a strong commitment to social justice issues focusing on youth and the environment. She is passionate about educating youth on climate awareness, environmental racism, gentrification and leadership development. Sara has been a summer intern at El Puente de Williamsburg a community based CBO where she was involved in the Green Light District. At El Puente Sara worked on teaching youth of color the importance of climate awareness, helped organize her community through education and advocacy to take action and protect their rights to a clean and safe environment. During her time at Hampshire, Sara was a group leader of the Queer and International People of Color student group, which created a safe space for QIPOC identified individuals. Continuing her commitment to LGBT community began in high school where she created the school’s first Gay Straight Alliance.
Sara has been a teaching assistant in photography at the International Center of Photography in New York City and during her senior year at Hampshire. She believes art is an important tool to express individuals’ values and activism. Her Division III (senior thesis) at Hampshire College consisted of a two-year effort in documenting the deconstruction of the Domino Sugar Refinery and gentrification in Williamsburg with over two hundred photographs and ethnographic interviews of longtime residents of the community. Her efforts culminated in a public exhibition of her work at the Hampshire College Gallery space, which gave voice to those who are threatened by modern day colonization in her community.
Her senior year, as part of her science research project, she was a student and crew member aboard the 135’ tall ship Brigantine Corwith Cramer as part of SEA Semester through Boston University. She presented her research “Neustonic Myctophid: Abundance and Distribution in the Mediterranean Sea and Eastern North Atlantic” to her Five College Committee at a Symposium held at Amherst College.
Sara is a certified SCUBA Diver, loves to read, play basketball, kickboxing, and ice cream.