Last month, James Bravo, Assistant Director of Fellow Success, had a wonderful conversation with Sabrina Alicea, activist, community organizer, and small business owner, about community engagement, activism, and entrepreneurship. This conversation took part during Latinx Heritage Month, which is celebrated yearly in the United States to give recognition to the Latinx community and their contributions to the United States.
Sabrina Alicea is a loud and proud Chicago Puerto Rican. By day she is an educator in Humboldt Park teaching 7th-grade reading, writing, and literacy through an anti-racist, anti-bias lens. At night, she is an activist, community organizer, and small business owner. Her community work includes acting as the Director of Arts and Education for the Puerto Rican Festival of Chicago as well as a founding member of the arts organization, Somos Arte, dedicated to celebrating art and education in Chicago’s Puerto Rican community. Her business, Shop La Maestra, is a brand dedicated to supporting public education by celebrating education, representation, and empowerment.