As a queer, Filipino immigrant and a product of NYC public education, Neriel’s experiences growing up in NYC and in higher education motivated his drive for social change.
He is a member and co-founder of RAISE, a pan-Asian undocumented youth-led group, leading workshops, panels, and coordinating national work with larger Asian American nonprofit organizations. He has also worked with high school youth, facilitating political education and activism workshops with Chinatown Youth Initiative’s Summer Leadership Institute and formerly co-directing the annual Immigrant Youth Empowerment Conference. Neriel’s story has also been highlighted in The Huffington Post, the Daily News, NBC News Asian America, The Progressive, and the award-winning documentary: Why We Rise.
Neriel earned his BA from Hunter College, studying cultural anthropology and Asian American studies, and plans to pursue a degree in Ethnic Studies. In his free time, he loves to travel to new cities, hike, yoga, and write critical pieces on Asian America, and the Filipino/American experience. Neriel fights to see a world where people are rooted in community and racial and social justice and are free to live as their full selves. He is excited to contribute his community organizing, facilitation, systemic thinking, and problem-solving skills to the growth of CRJE.