New York City, New York
Rosario Quiroz Villarreal is a policy entrepreneur at the Next100, a startup think-tank for progressive policy. She is committed to increasing educational equity for immigrant students and students of color.
Growing up as an undocumented immigrant, Rosario understood that the sacrifices her parents made in moving to a new country were centered around securing better opportunities for the future, and that education could provide a pathway towards a choice-filled life. However, as she got older, she recognized that while education was certainly filled with opportunities, particular populations were constantly excluded.
Her work focuses on creating more culturally-inclusive classrooms and curriculum, promoting effective restorative justice practice to interrupt the school-to-prison pipeline and protecting the rights and access to education of immigrant students.
Rosario has worked on social justice issues and with youth throughout her career through the Boys and Girls Club of Henderson County, National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health and Momentum Alliance. She spent the past five years as a bilingual educator, teaching in public and charter school settings in Texas and New York.