Alexa Maqueo-Toledo

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School or University/College
Vanderbilt University
Grade or Year in School
First year
Place(s) you call home
Nashville, my local coffee shop, and my grandmother’s house in Mexico
What song can you not stop listening to right now?
Woman by Doja Cat

What is a quote or saying you live by?

“Do not put out your fire because someone else doesn’t understand your flame.”

What education policy or justice issue do you care about most and why?

I wanted to learn more about education advocacy and how policies are made.

What are you looking forward to this year as a League Leader for the EmpowerED Network?

I’m looking forward to working with students across the state who all have different backgrounds and experiences.

Why did you choose your selected imagery to represent your superhero?

I’m very proud of my Mexican heritage and roots. I wanted to pay tribute to those roots. Also, I’ve always loved the symbolism of fire and how it can be a savior, but also a destroyer. It just depends on how you use it.

What qualities do you admire in a leader?

I admire their passion for the cause they fight for. It inspires others to join.

How do you hope to grow as a leader as a result of being a League Leader?

I hope I am able to articulate myself better and be able to grow professionally.