Isabel N. Rodriguez

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Isabel N. Rodriguez
Graduate Assistant
(269) 387-8947
(269) 387-8935
3440 Friedmann Hall, Mail Stop 5440
Mailing address: 
School of Public Affairs and Administration
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5440 USA
Isabel N. Rodriguez (she/her/hers) is a recent graduate with distinction from The University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology: Law, Justice, and Social Change and a minor in Intergroup Relations. Isabel used her time at the top ranked public research institution in the United States to conduct research exploring the impacts that lived experience in the foster care system has on the educational experiences at prestigious universities. Isabel's research was nominated for, and received, several academic writing awards and university recognition - including the Eita Krom Prize. Since 2018, Isabel has been advocating for foster youth beginning with her role as president of Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative - Youth Board.
She furthered her advocacy by serving as a board member on the Michigan State Youth Advisory Board and working with organizations, such as FosterClub, the National Foster Youth Institute, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Jim Casey Opportunities Initiative, and Casey Family Programs. Isabel's professional and academic achievements have been recognized by the Outstanding Young Leaders Award, the MLK Spirit Award, and many other awards. Isabel has found her passion and purpose in using her voice, skills, awareness, and access to advocate for transformation of the child welfare system. Isabel is currently a Thurgood Marshall Fellow and MPA candidate at Western Michigan University. She aspires to pursue a career in policy or government.