National Weeks of Action
Coordinator, National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth
Xris Macias is the Director of the DREAM Center at the University of Utah where he works with undocumented students and other students of mixed status. He has a masters degree in Education Culture and Society, where his research emphasis was on Lowriders being educational tools for marginalized communities. Aside from research of this artform, he is also a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellow, with the focus area of Latin America and is Chair of Chicana/o Scholarship Fund. He enjoys training Capoeira, and riding his bike. He is fluent in Spanish and can speak Portuguese and enjoys spending time with his two sons.
Chelsie Joy Acosta
National Coordinator, National Weeks of Actions
National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth Facebook page
Chelsie Joy Acosta is an educator in the Salt Lake City School District. She currently serves on the Utah National Association Multicultural Education (NAME) Board and the Salt Lake Education Association Executive Board. Chelsie is the National Education Association (NEA) Social Justice in Education blogger and the NEA Hispanic Caucus Secretary. In 2017, she was a finalist for the NEA Social Justice Activist Educator of the Year. Chelsie is currently a graduate student at the University of Utah in the Department of Education, Culture and Society. Her activism is centered, but not limited to; racial justice, the protection of the undocumented community, LGBTQIA+ issues and the School to Prison Pipeline. She serves on the board of the Utah ACLU.