Student Stories

Ben Vo, on Learning to Develop a Social Justice Frame

Ben Vo, on Learning to Develop a Social Justice Frame

Ben Vo, a second year student at De Azna college who recently earned his Leadership and Social Change certificate, grew up in San Jose, about a 25 minute drive away from campus. It was an interesting place to grow up,… Read More
Nahje Royster: On Finding Her Voice in a Whitewashed World

Nahje Royster: On Finding Her Voice in a Whitewashed World

Nahje Royster, a student at West Chester University, was born and raised in a diverse neighborhood in northern Philadelphia. “There were a lot of different communities within in my neighborhood,” she says, including lots of people from Latinx, Hispanic, and… Read More
The Only Constant in Henry Ford’s “Community Leadership” Program Is Change

The Only Constant in Henry Ford’s “Community Leadership” Program Is Change

The Community Leadership Program at Henry Ford College may already be in its fourth year, but its curriculum is far from set in stone—and Professor Robert Yahrmatter, who leads the program, plans to keep it that way. The core of… Read More
Yonci Jameson: On How Community Development Can Lay the Groundwork for Long-Lasting Change

Yonci Jameson: On How Community Development Can Lay the Groundwork for Long-Lasting Change

Yonci Jameson grew up in the North Side of Minneapolis, a predominantly black neighborhood. But she went to high school across town, where her classmates and teachers were mostly white. The contrast was stark, and made a big impact on… Read More
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