Rosalia Salinas

2022

Activist

Growing up in South Texas in a bilingual, biliterate and bicultural community, Rosalia Salinas’s vision of a world where people everywhere could practice their language, celebrate their culture, and still achieve academic success was born.

In 1998, when Proposition 227 threatened to end bilingual education, she led the statewide effort to oppose its passage, representing a coalition of concerned parents, organizations, and school districts throughout California.

In 2016, Rosalia became an outspoken advocate for the passage of Proposition 58, which established bilingual and bicultural education as a permanent part of the educational system. Even after her retirement from a life of civil service, she remains active as a volunteer and advisor to San Diego schools where her career began.