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Get to Know the Students Demand Action Advisory Board: Katherine Pisabaj

As a young Latina Chicagoan, I encounter different sides of the city and world every day. Unfortunately, I met with the darkest side when my boyfriend and I were shot at while he was driving me home two years ago. As a result, I was shot and our lives were forever changed. I’ve become motivated to make a difference for today and tomorrow for our generation and the upcoming ones. With the help of my mom, family, boyfriend, and loved ones, I will continue to fight this fight with Students Demand Action while being in the Advisory Board to work with others to help us achieve our goal so that my pain and my loved ones’ pain isn’t shared by more and more people. 

Get to know Katherine even more in her Q&A!


Name: Katherine Pisabaj
Pronouns: she/her/hers
Age: 22
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
Location: Chicago, IL
School / Students Demand Action Chapter: Wright College / Students Demand Action Chicago

What do you hope to pursue after you graduate?

I am on my way to becoming a registered dietitian!

Why is gun violence prevention important to you?

I am a gun violence survivor as I survived a shooting here in Chicago.

What are you most proud of working on as a Students Demand Action volunteer?

Making a difference in the area of gun violence. Our mission is to better lives and we are doing that.

What public figure or social justice icon do you most admire and why?

If I were to choose one, I would say Chance The Rapper. He is a Chicagoan like me and he has done so much in giving back to the city and to communities that need it most.

If you could only eat one food for a year, what would you pick?

Sausage pizza!

What do you do for self care?

Netflix party with those I love.

What motivates you to keep going?

There is a lot more work to do! I see what Students Demand Action has already done ( A LOT! ) and I know that we can do much more!

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