Irene Ruiz/The Changing Lens of Activism (En el tiempo de COVID)
Irene Ruiz was born in Rupert, Idaho and grew up in Hazelton, Idaho. She received her Master of Arts in Hispanic Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from Boise State University. Irene currently lives in Boise, Id. Irene has been an activist for over 20 years. She organizes for immigrant rights and environmental justice where she has advocated in Idaho, Chicago, and Washington, DC. She currently works for the Idaho Organization of Resource Councils as a Bilingual Community Organizer. She is a board member for the ACLU of Idaho and the Stay at School Quinceñera program. Irene also organizes a coalition of 11 organizations to support the Latinx, immigrant, and farm working communities called the Idaho Immigrant Resource Alliance that started in 2020 to support those during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as other issues that pertain to these communities. As a daughter of immigrants from Michoacán, Mexico and a former farm worker, Irene is passionate about supporting and helping her community thrive.