Student Stories

Angelica Esquivel, on Building a Network Through Organizing

Angelica Esquivel, on Building a Network Through Organizing

As a high school student, Angelica Esquivel didn’t think college was for her. Sure, it seemed prohibitively expensive. But mostly she figured the challenges to obtaining higher education as an undocumented student were insurmountable. “I wasn’t really ready,” Angelica admitted.… Read More
Guadalupe Vidal, on Refusing to Watch History Repeat Itself

Guadalupe Vidal, on Refusing to Watch History Repeat Itself

Guadalupe Vidal never thought much about community organizing. That quickly changed, however, when President Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which provides protections to undocumented students. Guadalupe on a recent trip to Mexico where, thanks to… Read More
Yatziri Tovar, on Finding Fellow "Dreamers" Through Organizing

Yatziri Tovar, on Finding Fellow “Dreamers” Through Organizing

Yatziri Tovar, advocate for immigrant rights Yatziri Tovar was not a novice to community organizing when she enrolled in the “Community and Political Organizing” course taught by Professors Hillary Caldwell and Susanna Blankley at City College during the Fall 2016… Read More
Student Spotlight, Ashley Freitag, MCTC

Student Spotlight, Ashley Freitag, MCTC

Ashley Freitag, On Rising to New Leadership Challenges Ashley Freitag first came by her interest in social change work through an unlikely source—photography. “I enrolled at MCTC in the journalism program,” she explained. “I saw photo journalism as a way… Read More
Student Spotlight: Fatima Nkata, Henry Ford College

Student Spotlight: Fatima Nkata, Henry Ford College

Fatima Nkata, on the Importance of Developing Leaders Fatima Nkata, a student at Henry Ford College, is originally from Malawi, where she worked in the media industry. “In that work, I met a lot of politicians and started coming up… Read More
Student Spotlight: Cynthia Brown, Henry Ford College

Student Spotlight: Cynthia Brown, Henry Ford College

Cynthia Brown, on Breaking Down Barriers At first, Cynthia Brown was drawn to the Community Leadership Program at Henry Ford College for its focus on socioeconomic justice. “I really like helping people,” she said, “and thought this would be a… Read More
Student Spotlight: Arjun Gadkari, De Anza College

Student Spotlight: Arjun Gadkari, De Anza College

Arjun Gadkari, De Anza Student Government Leader, on Learning to Love his Community Arjun Gadkari has always had a passion for focusing on issues of injustice, even if those issues didn’t always affect him directly. “Since childhood, I had been… Read More
Student Spotlight: Thảo Lê, De Anza College

Student Spotlight: Thảo Lê, De Anza College

Thảo Lê, DeAnza Student Government Leader, on Developing a Social Justice Language Growing up, Thảo Lê recognized injustice when she saw it, but in high school, she didn’t always have the words to describe it.   “I come from a working… Read More
Student Spotlight: Mia Hernandez, De Anza College

Student Spotlight: Mia Hernandez, De Anza College

Mia Hernandez, DeAnza Student Government Leader, on Bringing Equity to Decision Making Mia Hernandez is no stranger to community activism. Both of her parents, in fact, exposed her to the struggle for social and economic justice from a young age. … Read More
De Anza Student Government Leaders

De Anza Student Government Leaders

We checked in with three students in the Leadership and Social Change (LSC) Certificate Program at DeAnza. How did they learn about the program? How are they integrating what they’ve learned into Student Government? What’s next for each? Check out… Read More