Alexander Diaz Rios
He, Him, His, Él
My name is Alexander (Alex) Diaz Rios -- I am a passionate advocate for education as a first-generation college graduate and public-school teacher.
I currently teach social studies and college/career readiness at Westview High School and CREATE Alternative School.
As a lifelong resident of Washington County and a former Portland Community College student, I understand the growth and challenges facing our community.
I have experienced the high cost of higher education and relied on the vital retention/support programs as a first-generation college student. As a student, I witness and hear the struggles that many college students face such a lack of guidance, food insecurity, and raising tuition.
Through my dedication and hard work, I earned a Bachelors of Science in Social Science from Portland State University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University.
I have been committed to serving students and the community by working in schools for the past eight years.
My name is Alexander (Alex) Diaz Rios-- I am a passionate advocate for education as a first-generation college graduate and public-school teacher. I currently teach social studies and college/career readiness at Westview High School and CREATE Alternative School. As a lifelong resident of Washington County and a former Portland Community College student, I understand the growth and challenges facing our community.
I have experienced the high cost of higher education and relied on the vital retention/support programs as a first-generation college student. As a student, I witness and hear the struggles that many college students face such a lack of guidance, food insecurity, and raising tuition. Through my dedication and hard work, I earned a Bachelors of Science in Social Science from Portland State University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University.
I have been committed to serving students and the community by working in schools for the past eight years. As part of a group of dedicated young Latinx leaders, I helped found the Willamette Chicano Alliance, a non-profit that serves Latinx youth with college/career readiness, leadership, and mentoring programs. I also serve on the budget committee for the city of Hillsboro and the Hillsboro School District, providing me insight in fiscal responsibility.
As a teacher, I work directly with seniors who are anxiously developing their next steps after high school. Many of my students worry about the cost of higher education, transitioning to college, and career options. I am dedicated to building a community coalition to find innovative ways to address the evolving needs of students and partners in our area.
Prior to teaching, I was a graduation coach at Liberty High School-- a role where I mentored predominantly at-risk Latinx boys. In this role, I gained extensive experience working with students, educators, administrators, and community members. I value teamwork and collaboration in finding creative and effective solutions. My work at Liberty HS increased the number of graduation coaches, started a pilot program for ethnic studies, and expanded college and career readiness initiatives.
I was raised by a single mother, along with my six sisters and one brother. As a brother and proud uncle, my family is the most important thing to me. In my free time, you can find me exploring nature throughout Oregon, reading about history, and spending time with family and friends.
I am grateful by the support I have received and look forward to becoming a voice to for students, staff and all stakeholders by serving as the Board Director of Portland Community College for Zone 7.
Celebrating Diversity and Elevating Equity:
Every student, regardless of their race, academic ability, or socioeconomic status should be given access to quality education and services. Portland Community College is a diverse community where we must celebrate the rich backgrounds and experiences of our student population. I will ensure that the board remains focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion for all students and stakeholders, especially those who are underserved and underrepresented in our system.
I will advocate for:
- Increased access to retention/support services and programs
- Equitable access to academic and vocational programs
- Implementation of curricula and programs that are culturally relevant and inclusive
Community colleges are expected to be impacted in the next biennium as forecasted by the state's budget. I will work tiressly on legislative advocacy to help achieve stable and adequate education funding to prevent a tuition hike.Learn More
Community colleges are expected to be impacted in the next biennium, as forecasted by the state’s budget. To ensure that Portland Community College is able to maintain and operate at current service levels, I will work tirelessly on legislative advocacy to help achieve stable and adequate education funding to prevent a tuition hike that would adversely affect unrepresented and first-generation students. I plan to advocate on the behalf of Portland Community College and provide testimony to elected officials in Washington County and throughout the state.
I will advocate for:
- A budget process that is student-centered with an equitable framework
- A focus on maintaining current service levels and long-range strategic planning
- Increased communication and inclusion on budget development with students, staff, and stakeholders
Building a Community Coalition
The major functions of a board is to liasion between campus administrators and students and larger community. I believe and will ensure that we foster a culture of communication, to be more transparent.Learn More
Building a Community Coalition:
The major function of a board is to act as a liaison between campus administrators and students and the larger community. I will ensure that we foster a culture of communication and transparency. Together, we can build a coalition to find solutions to that affect our system and the greater community. Considering our diverse student population and partnerships, we need to communicate and engage with our community more effectively.
I will advocate for:
- Expansion of student leadership initiatives and student representation
- Strategic relationships with educational institutions and community partners
- Increased accessibility for stakeholders and community members to communicate with the members of the board
- Mayor of Cornelius Jeff Dalin
- Cornelius City Councilor Luis Hernandez
- Hillsboro City Councilor Olivia Alcaire
- Jaime Rodriguez, Community Leader
- Nicole Mito Ahern, Hillsboro School District Teacher
- Ashley Galik, Scappoose School District Teacher
- Brian Moreno, Co - Founder, Chicanx Apparel LLC.
- Cristian Tucux Mejia, Portland Community College Student
- Alejandra Juarez, Portland Community College Student
- Flor Rios, Portland Community College Student
- Juan Diego Ramirez, Portland Community College Student
- Sophia O'Neal, Pacific University Student
- Miguel Moreno, Executive Director, Willamette Chicano Alliance
- Agustin Rios, Four Seasons Landscape Maintenance Owner
- María Elena and Orlando Agustin Juarez, La Princesa Owners
Sophia O’Neal, campaign manager for Alex for PCC, is a junior political science major at Pacific University in Forest Grove. Originally from California, Sophia is a passionate student leader.
She has worked for Pacific’s Center for Gender Equity, Student Multicultural Center, as well as College Democrats at the chapter, state, and national levels. In these positions, Sophia has helped organize dozens of events annually on her campus that highlight issues of inequality of gender, sexuality, race, and culture. As a college student, Sophia first-handedly sees the value of including college students in political decision-making.
Sophia joined Alex’s campaign because “Alex is the candidate who is genuinely invested in bringing students’ voices and experiences to the forefront of his campaign. He cares about our concerns and passions, and wants to find pragmatic and compassionate solutions to help everyone in the Portland Community College system.”
Brian Moreno, Web Developer for Alex for PCC, is Co - Founder of Chicanx Apparel and Communications Director Willamette Chicano Alliance.
Brian is a self - taught Web Developer, Photographer and Graphic Designer. He has also been involved in various leadership student groups such as President of Benson Polytechnic High School, and Coordinator of PCC MEChA Cascade.
While he is not designing interfaces or coding, you can often find him out and about with his trust Canon camera and a good cup of coffee, capturing world's beautiful raw moments.
Brian joined Alex's campaign because, as he worked with Alex in the Willamette Chicano Alliance, he found inspiring how his dedication to our community, being actively involved in what is going on systemically and socially within our community and being open to hear our community concerns has lead him to strive to make our voices heard.