Advocacy & Partnership Manager
Jazmin is the Advocacy & Partnership Manager at EdTrust-TN. In this role, she will support our coalition-building and alliance-management through maintaining, expanding, and cultivating relationships with key external partners in Tennessee. She will also help build and oversee a statewide youth advocacy network.
Previously, Jazmin was the community engagement and rapid response organizer with the TN Immigrant & Refugee Rights Coalition, where she oversaw the immigration legal department, ICE enforcement activity, and community education. She also helped sustain their youth-organizing work across the state with EL students, DACA recipients, and undocumented students. Additionally, Jazmin worked with Metro Parks for six years helping lead after-school programming through NAZA for middle school students in South Nashville.
Born in Zacatecas, Mexico, Jazmin migrated to the United States at the age of 7, and has called Nashville home since 2006. Jazmin holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Justice from Trevecca Nazarene University.
What’s your favorite thing to do outside of work?
Helping lead the fight for in-state tuition for undocumented students in Tennessee since 2012.
What drew you to education?
The two main things that drew me to education: first, my own experience navigating higher education as an undocumented student and seeing all the barriers a student has to go through. The second thing was working with students in my after-school program and seeing firsthand that regardless of your race or background, if you came from a low-income community, there were bigger gaps and disadvantages in your education. Both of these motivated me to want to create change — whether it is at the school, district, local, or state level for all students to have access to a quality education, regardless of your race, immigration status, or socioeconomic status.