UCLA Education Alumna Face of LA Teachers’ Strike

Roxana Dueñas ('09, TEP) represents UTLA in campaign to "Stand With L.A. Teachers."

In a campaign by United Teachers Los Angeles, the image of Roxana Dueñas (’09, M.A., Teacher Education Program) represents the LAUSD teachers’ strike on billboards, classroom walls and the UTLA website. A history and ethnic studies teacher Math, Science, and Technology Magnet Academy at Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights, Dueñas is depicted by Boyle Heights artist Ernesto Yerena in an image that pays homage to Shepard Fairey’s iconic “Hope” poster of Barack Obama.

Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education at UCLA and founder of the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools, said to The Los Angeles Times that the use of a Latina teacher as the face of the strike was a strategic move, highlighting the fact that most teachers are women and connecting to broader issues of social justice.

“It’s a pointed reminder of who is being served, who is on strike and what’s at stake for the city,” Noguera said to the Times.

To read about Roxana Dueñas in The Los Angeles Times, click here.


Photo by Kent Nishimura, The Los Angeles Times