REC Coordinators are vital to Urban Initiatives’ mission of empowering Chicago’s youth to become agents of community change through academic success, healthy living, and leadership development. They drive systematic change by connecting stakeholders and strengthening the social fabric of the community. Meet Idzel, one of UI’s newest REC Coordinators!
Name: Idzel Diaz
Birthday:January 3, 1997
Where you last went to school:I am currently attending night and Saturday classes at Harold Washington College.
Who is your favorite Spice Girl/Backstreet Boy/Power Ranger?My favorite Power Ranger is the Red and Yellow Ranger.
Who is someone that has really inspired you in your lifetime?I don’t have anybody in particular that inspires me but I actually get inspiration and motivation from people and their stories, however; no one in particular.
If we gave you $20 to go spend on anything right now, what would you buy?If I had $20 right now I would buy snacks because I forget to buy food or bring something, and then I always end up eating all the way at the end of the night, which is bad.
What’s your favorite type of cheese and why?I like mozzarella cheese but I actually enjoy any type of cheese.
What is your spirit animal?My spirit animal is a fox because it’s calm but strong and determined when it needs to be.
If you were to throw a dinner party, who are 3 people you’d want to invite?If I had a dinner party I would invite Mother Theresa, Andy Biersack, and Lizza Koshy.
What is the last book you read?Last book I read was “Serve to Lead”
What’s the best place to get food in Chicago?Best place to have food is at Cafe El Meson which has the top floor covered with books and you can do homework or have meetings there and even read their books .
How would your best friend describe you?My best friends would describe me as funny, determined, patient and kind.
What’s your favorite childhood sports-related memory?When I went to the Chicago Fire game with Chicago Academy is my sports memory because the kids were making me laugh too much.
What is your go to karaoke song? In a karaoke night I would sing “Are you gonna be my girl” by Jet because that song puts me in a good mood and I get hyper!
What are you most excited about this school year? What I’m most excited about this school year is working with different people and new kids!