Isabel Fajardo

Isabel Fajardo, is a senior at Emerson Preparatory School in Washington, D.C. She has a variety of interests, particularly journalism, media, drama, and social justice. During the school year, Isabel writes for the NorthWest Current, a local D.C. newspaper, and is the founder and president of an ACLU club in which students discuss social justice issues with a mission of giving young people a chance to make themselves heard as activists. The inspiration for the club came from attending the 2017 ACLU Summer Advocacy Institute. Her interest in finance came from living in a gentrifying Latino neighborhood, a summer economic pre-college course at Brown University, and research about the D.C. Latino community for Hola Cultura, a local nonprofit Latino cultural magazine. She has also worked with the New Orleans, Louisiana (NOLA) Mural Arts Project, helping to gather signatures on a petition for mural ordinance reform -- this ties in nicely with the values of the ACLU. One of her proudest achievements is being awarded the Critical Exposure Youth Leadership Award, a program for which she was an intern, now a fellow. She most enjoys spending time with dear friends and family, as well as reading, keeping up with current events, volunteering, and baking.

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