Deseray started her career in non-profit education 15 years ago when she became an after-school tutor to the sweetest 3rd-grade students, ever. It was also around that time that she realized the real inequities in education that are deeply rooted in systemic oppression, poverty, and structural racism. She spent some time at Rio Hondo Community College and later transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara and attained her degree in Chicana/o Studies.
She has dedicated the rest of her career to not only fighting these systems within the educational structures around us but in her workplaces and personal life as well. As a leader in non-profit, she tries her hardest to be aware of the spaces that she is in and how she is being restorative in her approach to people and her work. She believes it is critical that we all move in ways that allow us to create spaces that truly bring diversity, equity, and inclusion for our students, for our communities, and for our collective healing. This means grabbing things at the root and recognizing our personal responsibility and shared accountability to one another, our communities, and our spaces of work.
Currently, she has the privilege of serving the incredible school teams who support the families and students that participate in the programming offered by Communities In Schools of Los Angeles in Boyle Heights, Pico Union/Westlake, and South Central Los Angeles as a program manager.