Student Stories

CCNY Students Help Save Non-Profits From Improper Tax Collection

CCNY Students Help Save Non-Profits From Improper Tax Collection

Over the course of a semester, three students enrolled in the CLP-affiliated course Community-Based Research at City College of New York (CCNY) helped save dozens of non-profits and religious groups from improper tax collection. The students—Edward Garcia, Lindsey Johnson, and… Read More
CLP Students and Faculty at Macomb Community College Featured in Tech Center News

CLP Students and Faculty at Macomb Community College Featured in Tech Center News

A recent article in Tech Center News explores the CLP affiliated program at Macomb Community College (MCC), focusing on the program’s mission to prepare graduates to identify and address challenges in their communities. Sean Patrick, manager of Media Relations at… Read More
Nina Tinikashvili, On the Importance of Cultural Competency

Nina Tinikashvili, On the Importance of Cultural Competency

Unlike many students who enroll in coursework associated with Community Learning Partnership programs, Nina Tinikashvili already had quite a bit of experience as a community organizer while a college student at CUNY’s City College in New York. Read More
Lisa Owen, On Organizing in the Private Sector

Lisa Owen, On Organizing in the Private Sector

You're organizing when you attend a Parent-Teacher Association, or a Neighborhood Association. That was really eye-opening about CDP. I’ve been doing these things all my life. Read More
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