Dalya Perez, MEd, is a PhD student in Higher Education Leadership at the University of Washington. Her work broadly emphasizes issues of access, recruitment and retention of students of color within higher education. Her research has examined the concepts of education as a tool of colonialism, the role of campus as a site of student protest, and she recently completed a thesis investigating the histories of Filipinx Americans and their involvement in the Seattle Civil Rights Movement and how this complicates our notions of race. Her current research investigatees contemporary issues of racialization and internalized colonization of Filipinx American undergraduates. In her position as a Graduate Student Assistant with the Brotherhood Initiative she works collaboratively to support Males of Color at University of Washington and to address the graduation gaps and academic disparities that Black and Brown males face at higher levels than other students. Dalya is deeply committed to building vibrant learning communities centered on social justice and collective liberation!