Manual High School
Future Center: Room 107
Advisor: Diana Madriz
Diana Madriz started her second year with DSF and currently serves as the College Advisor at Manual High School. In the Future Center, Diana works primarily with seniors on the college going process, college and career exploration, scholarships and financial aid. Diana works very closely with Manual staff and faculty to continuously instill a college going culture at Manual. Students have a desire to learn, explore and change the deficit narrative that has been told about them. In her first year, Diana was able to support the 2016 senior class in receiving just over $708,000 in scholarship dollars as well as working to increase exposure and college acceptance to Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Diana came to DSF having just recently received her M.A. in Higher Education from the University of Denver. While in her program Diana was able to intern with DSF at Bruce Randolph School. There, she not only got a feel for DSF and the crucial work they do for education equity, but she got even more excited at the prospects of working with high school students. Diana brings a strong passion for helping students from low-income and minority backgrounds pave opportunities to achieve their hopes and dreams. In her work with college students, Diana focused on expanding post-secondary going pathways for immigrant families, parent outreach and undocumented student advocacy. At Manual Diana lead the school to demonstrate their support and commitment to serving undocumented students by participating in Educators Coming Out Day. Teachers, administrators and staff participated in posting visual messages in their classrooms to indicate their commitment to undocumented students. Diana does this work because she believes that students from underrepresented communities bring a wealth of knowledge that is too often overlooked. Without a doubt Diana’s favorite part about working at DSF has been the love, resilience and energy of her students.
Diana has immersed herself in the Manual Thunderbolt community by also becoming one of the assistant cheer coaches and the staff advisor for the Latinos United student group. She couldn’t be happier at the ground level, tough, emotional yet life changing work she gets to do with DSF. Diana strives to continuously grow and learn how to serve students equitably and culturally responsibly.