Ximena Sanchez

As a child, Ximena fell in love with learning as an escape from challenging circumstances while her family moved from Mexico. Today, Ximena is an advocate and fighter for school to be a safe space for all, especially students with immigrant parents like her.

As a member of this marginalized group, Ximena “is not one to sit back and let others do the work.” She leads efforts to organize and educate her community, and wields her own story publicly as a shield against the current culture of fear.

A senior at Sequoia High School, Ximena will attend Stanford to study chemistry before medical school and returning home as a doctor to inspire her community with what is possible.

Sponsor: David Stefancic of Cushman & Wakefield/In Memory of Carolyn Livengood