In her interview with Yitzi Weiner for Authority Magazine, Odalis Amparo (Illustrative Mathematics’ Professional Learning Specialist) emphasizes the significance of culturally responsive and equitable mathematics education. As a first-generation Dominican American, she shares her experiences and the impact of her family’s journey on her own personal and educational philosophy. Odalis advocates for integrating students’ linguistic and cultural diversity into math teaching, aligning with equitable instruction principles. Her work with Illustrative Mathematics demonstrates this commitment to inclusive learning environments that aligns with students’ diverse backgrounds and needs. She underscores the role of shared humanity in interpersonal relationships, teaching, and leadership, framing leadership roles as fundamentally service-oriented endeavors. Amparo also reflects on the current societal challenges regarding diversity and inclusion, expressing optimism for the future influenced by an informed, proactive generation.