In 2022 the Discovery Center appointed a group of Changemaker Advisors to oversee Changemaker programming and outreach.
Meet the 2022-2023 Changemaker Advisors
Sergio Jose Barrera (he/him)
Sergio Jose Barrera is a first-generation undocumented immigrant from Chihuahua, Mexico, whose work is deeply rooted in serving the community. Through courageous conversations focused on social justice and identity development, Sergio seeks to empower youths to unapologetically advocate for themselves and the needs of the community. He is currently working in Lake Washington School District as an Equity and Family Engagement Facilitator for the Redmond Learning Region. He is also involved in organizations and committees such as La Cima Bilingual Leadership, Rethinkmanhood, and the Equity Institute.
ABARI CHARLES (SHE/HER)
Abari is a South Sudanese-American, refugee rights advocate, social entrepreneur, and life-long learner. Her strong passion for the African community has led her to various activities within the community from the Miss Africa Washington state pageant, developing research with refugees in Uganda, cofounder of the Sudogirl mentorship program to being a part of the founding board of the African Youth Coalition. She's currently a youth and volunteer program coordinator at Mother Africa and Abari founded Niolette, a B corps focused on giving back to South Sudanese through a local nonprofit. Through her various work, Abari believes that everyone can make an impact no matter how big or small, and taking the step to create change is just the beginning.
Haley Cummins (she/her)
Haley is a powerful orator, a transfer student from Highline College, and a 2021 graduate from Seattle University, with a BA in Strategic Communications. While at Seattle U, Haley was involved in the Alfie Scholar Program, Vice President of Tau Sigma her senior year, and a member of the Black Student Union on campus. Since graduation, Haley has obtained a job at World Relief Western Washington as an Executive Assistant. She also works at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center as an Associate in the Communications and Public Programs department. Haley is also 1 of the 100 Changemakers at the Discovery Center.
Gurjot is a student at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) where she’s studying Political Science and Film and Media Studies. She cares deeply about accessibility to higher education, womxn’s rights, queer rights, and representation in the South Asian American community. Gurjot hopes to utilize her passion for writing to someday work as a journalist or screenwriter focused on sharing stories from underrepresented communities.mastmedia.plu.edu
Stephanie is a North American woman of Khmer, Filipinx, and Chinese descent. She was born and raised in southern California (Chumash territory) and resides on Coast Salish land (Duwamish territory), known as Seattle. She is involved with various community organizations, including the Khmer Community of Seattle King County, Young Women Empowered, and YMCA Earth Service Corps.naaee.org/our-work/programs/ee360/ee360-community-ee-fellowship