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The Southwest Detroit resident making effective change in her community’s education

#FutureHistoryMakers: Adriana Alvarez

The Southwest Detroit resident making effective change in her community’s education

According to the Civil Rights Data Collection, Black and Hispanic boys receive harsher punishment at school than their white counterparts. Frequent suspensions result in many students missing out on vital information. Adriana Alvarez, 30, is working hard to ensure students stay in school and are successful. 

Alvarez is Dean of Culture at the Academy of Americas in Southwest Detroit. In her role, Alvarez ensures sets the tone for how disciplinary issues are handled in the school. Instead of suspending students, resulting in missed days and work, Alvarez gets to the root of the problem and works with the children and their families to come up with a viable solution with a focus on restorative practices and mentorship. 

When she’s not at school, Alvarez is working with Congress of Communities, a non-profit dedicated to having open dialogue about positive changes in the areas of education and public safety. 

To learn more about Adriana and our other Future History Makers, watch the entire video here