Alexa Salas is a 3L student at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. Alexa is committed to advancing justice and equity for marginalized communities through public service, a passion that stems from her family’s experience navigating the immigration system and from growing up in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 2017, Alexa graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with her B.A. in Urban Studies. Upon graduating from college, with the support of the University of Pennsylvania’s President’s Engagement Prize, Alexa co-founded Lanzando Lideres, an after-school leadership development program for adolescent youth, in partnership with a local organization serving Philadelphia’s Latino immigrant community. After three years of working to facilitate access to educational opportunities, Alexa decided to attend graduate school to understand how law and policy can be used to advocate for the rights and advancement of marginalized and historically disenfranchised communities.
At Penn Law, Alexa served as co-president of the Latin American Law Students Association and as a board member of the Penn Law Immigrant Rights Project and the Equity and Inclusion (E&I) Student Advisory Board. Through these commitments, she aimed to build a more inclusive community among her peers, and to foster equitable partnerships and engagement with the Philadelphia community. Alexa aims to continue advancing these goals as a 2023-24 E&I Fellow.
In her free time, Alexa enjoys taking part in Philadelphia’s thriving Latin dance scene, as well as wandering and eating her way through the city’s many vibrant neighborhoods, particularly the 9th Street Italian Market corridor.