The COLORado 1in3 Youth Council is a group of college-age students working to end the culture of shame and stigma around abortion at the Auraria Campus in Denver, and at the University of Colorado Boulder. They do this by engaging their peers, classmates, and community in storytelling, craftivism, and artivism events to make sure that we are guiding the narrative of reproductive healthcare, especially when it comes to women of color and the Latinx community.
This school year has started fast and busy, and the council members are excited to organize around ending the culture of shame and stigma that surrounds abortion care!
My name is Kylie, and I am a Political Science Major with a double minor in Sociology and Public Administration. I am an activist because bad public policy affects lower income people of color the most. I want to help address these issues and provide people with resources to regain their footing.
I’m Jazmin, and I am a student at the University of Colorado Denver currently in my last year of my B.S. in Public Health. I am originally from El Paso, Texas, but I have lived in Denver since I was 4 and being Mexican-American is an essential part of my identity. I participated in and have led several service-learning trips at my university and this began my social justice journey. Since then, I have attended several conferences and trainings around community organizing and activism and continue to look for ways to expand my knowledge. I began working with COLOR as a canvasser and, this, combined with my work as an interpreter with a grass-roots organization showed me the power of organizing, which got me started on my activism-centered life. My work with the 1 in 3 council has made reproductive rights and abortion destigmatization movements even more important to me, which is why I continue on this journey of activism. As cheesy as it sounds, if we don’t do it, who will? Anyway, besides that, I love hanging out with my gorgeous boxer puppy, eating food, and traveling.
I am a Junior at Metropolitan State University of Denver and study social work. I first became involved with the 1in3 campaign in the Spring of 2018. I am passionate about reproductive justice because it is a human right and affects the people I care about most. Having access to reproductive health care is an essential part of my life, and I hope to use what I am continuing to learn by being a part of 1in3 to create change by destigmatizing abortion on campus and in my community.
My name is Yasmeen Sobaih and I am a junior transfer student attending CU Boulder. I am currently working towards a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, with a possible double major in Political Science. I have recently joined COLOR and the 1in3 Youth Council because reproductive justice is a subject I am very passionate about. From personal experience, I have seen the consequences from lack of reproductive health access and education so I hope to get more involved in spreading awareness on reproductive rights.
I am Astrid Flores, I am currently enrolled at the Community College of Denver, working towards completing a degree in Political Science. My activism journey began two years ago during the 2016 election when a presidential candidate, sparked my interest in politics. I was blind to many of the problems my community was facing, and have since promised myself to not let decisions be made for me, but to be apart of the decision making. Whether that be through lobbying our representatives, working to increase voter turnout rate, or just keeping the conversation going on prominent issues affecting us today, you will forever find me working on my civic duties.
John Davies-Schley is a student at Metro State. He grew up around reproductive access issues and is bringing that to his adult life. His dream is to expand reproductive healthcare access to all coloradans. He also spends his time playing music, furiously tweeting about the Rockies, and trying to win the love of his neighbor’s English bulldog, Tink.
Mariana Galvez Seminario
My name is Mariana and I am a sophomore at the University of Colorado Boulder with a double major in Sociology and Women & Gender Studies, and a minor in Political Science. I started working with COLOR this June and immediately fell in love with the organization and with the Reproductive Justice (RJ) framework. I want to continue to work for social justice in my community, and RJ is the perfect place to start because it looks at reproductive health through an intersectional lens. I am a queer Latina immigrant, and I believe I can make a difference.