Alex Ylagan

Alex Ylagan

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Hometown: Seattle, WA

Focus: Equitable Education, Social Justice for the Youth

Favorite Place in Seattle: Alki Beach

Bio: This is Alex’s second year at the University of Washington, and everyday she finds herself learning something new. Specifically, she’s finally learning about what it means to be a Filipina American, and how not to hide that part of her identity. Becoming more comfortable in her skin has been an interesting journey, and through various classes, she was able to learn more about how and why things were the way they were, and what she can do in order to help the next generation feel better in their own skin. Not only has she learned through her classes, but she’s also learned and gained many valuable skills through the Filipino American Student Association, and the Sisterhood of Pi Nu Iota, where she currently serves as the Political Chair. Outside of school, Alex loves baking sweets, videography, cinematography, journaling, spending time relaxing with loved ones, and engaging in a nice intellectual conversation about anything in the universe.

Why did you choose CEP? I joined CEP because I wanted to make a difference in my community. I figured that the first step was figuring out how communities work, why they acts the way they do, and how I can integrate my way into those systems. I have a general idea of what I want my future to look like, but I wasn’t sure how I was going to put everything together. Then I took CEP 200, and this major just felt perfect for me. It allowed me the flexibility of doing everything I wanted to do and learn about but also gave me a steady foundation to fall back on, a place to practice my hard and soft skills, a community to thrive in, all while I could focus on my individual goals and push myself to be the best well-rounded person I could be. That’s how I see CEP, and that’s why I wanted to join the major.

Ask me about: Social equity, first-generation feelings (uncomfortable, challenges, other things in that general scope), time management, self-reflection, positive mindsets