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Noelia Rivera-Calderón

Noelia Rivera-Calderón (she/her/hers or they/them/theirs) is the Education Team’s Tom Steel Fellow through the Pride Law Fund. Her work focuses on ensuring safe and supportive school climates for students, particularly focusing on LGBTQ+ students of color. At NWLC, she spearheaded the report “We Are Not Invisible/No Somos Invisibles: Latina Girls, Mental Health, and Philadelphia Schools” and leads ongoing advocacy for Latin@ mental health in schools. Rivera-Calderón  has been published in Refinery29, Remezcla, and The Lily. While completing her J.D. at Temple Law School, where they were named a 2018 National Jurist Law Student of the Year, Rivera-Calderón spent time at Juvenile Law Center, Education Law Center, and National Juvenile Defender Center. Passionate about students’ rights, she is a published authority on school disturbance laws and has spoken on school discipline reform, mental health, and other issues facing LGBTQ+ students of color before local, national, and international audiences. Before their career as an advocate, Rivera-Calderón  was privileged to teach eighth grade Social Studies in her hometown of Philadelphia.