Leidy Quiceno
Outreach Director/Organizer, Educators for Excellence

Leidy V. Quiceno was born in Medellin, Colombia and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. She is passionate about civil rights and racial and educational equity. She has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice; is a member of the National Criminal Justice Honor Society (Alpha Phi Sigma); has earned a graduate certificate in gender, leadership and public policy; and got her Master of Science in transnational, cultural, and community studies from the University of Massachusetts in Boston. As a graduate student, she focused on dismantling the school-to-prison-to-deportation pipeline through the implementation of restorative justice and critical pedagogy practices in her classroom. Leidy was the first person in her family to attend and graduate from college, and she didn't want to be the last. Therefore, she decided to become an educator in order to create new pathways for her younger family members, as well as her underrepresented immigrant community. As a former teacher turned student advocate, she worked to racially, politically, and academically empower "at-promise" urban youth of color. She is currently working for a nonprofit focused in education policy and advocacy, in order to shift the changes necessary to improve the quality of education of historically underserved and marginalized communities.