Syeda Raza is currently a preservice teacher who is working towards a Master’s degree in Science Education at UIC’s College of Education. Although she majored in Neuroscience as an undergraduate from UIC, Syeda’s interests and research has focused on a variety of issues in education such as exploring how social justice-based, culturally relevant, and linguistically competent pedagogies can be implemented to support students of color. More recently, she has been involved in examining the experiences of immigrant-origin youth including undocumented students. Her interest in this particular topic stems from her own experiences as a 1.5 generation immigrant and as someone who has been involved in community outreach work within the undocumented immigrant community. In fact, Syeda has previously served as an E3! (Educate, Engage, and Empower) Ambassador for the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.