Arizona Alliance of Black
Devin Del Palacio is a native of Phoenix, Arizona. While growing up in project housing, Devin learned many lessons from his single mother, not the least of which was that in order to be successful; you must act on your dreams. Because of his dual African-American & Hispanic descent, Devin developed a love for cultural diversity through his constant interactions with a wide variety of people.
After graduating from high school, Devin worked for the Department of Economic Security from 2007 until 2009, assisting individuals in need & working to inspire them to make a difference in their respective communities—regardless of financial ability. It was his passion to work alongside those in need that led him to create PHX United, a non-profit organization devoted to inspiring change through community restoration & clean-up events. These events have continued to gain volunteers since its inception in November of 2011 and aspire to, through working together, bridge the gap between race, class, & generation.
Devin credits much of his inspiration to lead & advocate for positive change to his young daughter, Aiyana, who was born in 2010. In 2012, Devin began work as a Community Organizer for Promise Arizona in Action. In that year alone, he helped register over 34,000 new minority voters that were engaged throughout the 2012 election cycle. That success continued in 2013 as Devin served as a community organizer throughout South Phoenix & West Phoenix working to increase civic engagement in communities of color. In 2014, Devin ran for a seat on the Tolleson Union High School District Governing Board. In which Devin won his election and was voted Vice President by his fellow board members. In his first 120 days of being in office, Devin championed President Obama’s My Brothers Keeper initiative which focused on changing the life outcomes for males of color. It was Devin’s leadership which led to the passage of the Males of Color Pledge; making Tolleson Union High School District to be the first school district in the state to adopt the pledge. The Males of Color Pledge works to increase graduation rates, reduce suspension rates, and decreases high school drop out rates among Latino and African American boys. In 2015 only 1% of African Americans and 2% of Hispanics dropped out of school in the Tolleson Union High School District. In addition to serving as a school board member; Devin was also elected in 2015 to serve as the Regional Pacific Director for the National Black Council of school board members. As a Pacific Regional Director, overseeing 5 states; Devin works to support students from ethnic and racial minority groups.
Currently, Devin serves on the Maryvale Village Planning Committee, Arizona Advocacy Network, Maricopa County Parks and Recreation and the Plan PHX Leadership Committee.
"Closing achievement gaps is a critical issue. The performance of Blacks is systematically different from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Decreasing gaps in student achievement means that we must increase the learning gains of Blacks."
- National Education Association
"The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow. Over the past three years, the demographic divide between teachers and students of color has increased by 3 percentage points, and today, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. But teachers of color are just 18 percent of the teaching profession."
- Center for American Progress
"African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. Black students make up 18% of the students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of the students suspended once, and 39% of the students expelled."
- U.S. Department of Education
Arizona Alliance of Black School Educators
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AzABSE pledges to continue serving as educational advocates for children who have been poorly served in the past. We further pledge to ensure that African-American and all other diverse students are effectively educated in the present and are accorded priorities for the future. We pledge to lead the way through the creation of a concrete model that demonstrates the goals of academic and cultural excellence.