Jesse Villalobos, Associate Director, Social Justice Initiatives, Provost’s Office

Jesse Villalobos, Associate Director, Social Justice Initiatives, Provost’s Office. Relevant areas of interest/expertise: antiracism, grassroots organizing, intersectionality, cross-racial coalitions, media criticism.  I identify as Xicano/Native American. My grandparents came from Mexico. My great-grandfather was a Zapatista in the Mexican Revolution. I grew up in a working-class neighborhood in Des Moines, Iowa and was the first in my family to earn a college degree (and the debt that came with it). In my organizing work, I attempt to work across borders of race, class and gender. My efforts have taken me across the U.S. to learn from and share strategies for social change with organizers, youth, educators, activists, journalists and everyday people. I received the National Award for Significant Community Service for my antiracism organizing work with youth and was honored by the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) for my human rights and media justice advocacy. My recent projects include co-production of an educational documentary, “Shades of Youth: Youth Speak on Power, Privilege and Racism” and since 2003, I have been the co-facilitator of the Youth Institute at the national White Privilege Conference. Contact:;  My website:

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