Posted on June 26, 2018
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Noelia Rivera-Calderón (she/her/ella) is the Education Team’s Tom Steel Fellow through the Pride Law Fund. Her work focuses on ensuring safe and supportive school climates for students, particularly focusing on LGBTQ+ students of color. At NWLC, she spearheaded the report “We Are Not Invisible/No Somos Invisibles: Latina Girls, Mental Health, and Philadelphia Schools” and leads ongoing advocacy for Latina mental health in schools. While completing her J.D. at Temple Law School, where she was named a 2018 National Jurist Law Student of the Year, Noelia spent time at Juvenile Law Center, Education Law Center, National Juvenile Defender Center, and the Office of Philadelphia City Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez. Passionate about students’ rights, she is a published authority on school disturbance laws and has spoken on school discipline reform, mental health, and other issues facing LGBTQ+ students of color before local, national and international audiences. Before her career as an advocate, Noelia was privileged to teach eighth grade Social Studies in her hometown of Philadelphia.

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