Irene Franco Rubio
If You’re Feelin’ Civic (IYFC) is a resource hub for BIPOC community leaders that elevates the voices of organizers, activists, writers, and public scholars in discussions of social, racial, and environmental justice. Uplifting these voices is critical to educating people on issues that are generally missed in mainstream media and provides a how-to guide for tackling these issues head-on. IYFC speaks directly to young activists and organizers in Phoenix because these groups are the most impacted by underfunded and inequitable systems. The aim is to empower young people to take up space as advocates and to guide their efforts in making a difference for communities of color.
Franco Rubio has multifaceted experience as a movement builder, from local grassroots multicultural organizing in her hometown of Phoenix to organizing nationally for Michelle Obama’s nonprofit and for the former office of Congresswoman Deb Haaland. She is pursuing her bachelor’s in Sociology & Race, Ethnicity and Politics at the University of Southern California (USC). Franco Rubio is a Public Voices Fellow of the Op-Ed Project at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication, Humanity in Action Fellow, John Robert Lewis Scholar, Othering & Belonging Institute Fellow at UC Berkeley, Aspen Institute Latinos & Society Socrates Scholar, and a Davis Putter Youth Activist Scholar. She has been recognized as a Facebook Journalism Project Scholar, Marguerite Casey Foundation’s Equal Voice News Scholar, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) Scholar, ProPublica Diversity Scholar, and Pilot Media Technology & Innovation Scholar.