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Emily Chávez

Emily Chávez

Emily Chávez  
District 1
Address: 3413 Kerrigan Court, Durham, NC  27703
Phone: 919-642-3736


Emily Chávez (she/her) brings over 15 years of experience in the field of education. Over the course of her career, she has been an advocate for education justice, working collaboratively to create opportunities for equitable access, particularly for students of color, undocumented students, and LGBTQ+ students.

In addition to being a former DPS high school teacher, Emily has led professional development for North Carolina teachers as the Outreach Program Coordinator of the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and served as the inaugural Project Director for the Diverse and Resilient Educators Advised through Mentorship (DREAM) program at UNC-Chapel Hill. She is the co-editor, along with Dr. Kia Caldwell, of Engaging the African Diaspora in K-12 Education (Peter Lang Publishing, 2020).

Emily holds a B.A. from Swarthmore College, an M.A.T. from Duke University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from North Carolina State University, and an M.S.W. program at UNC-Chapel Hill. She began her term on the school board in 2022 and served as Vice Chair from 2023-2024. She is a 2024 School Board Partners Fellow. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Emily has lived in Durham for over 20 years.