Student Stories

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
Mynor Godoy

Mynor Godoy

“I left Los Angeles for graduate school, thinking I wanted to join the foreign service.  I worked on youth civic engagements projects in Haiti, Guatemala and Colombia. Then I said to myself, ‘Wait, I can do this work in my… Read More
Cristal Lopez

Cristal Lopez

“My community needs access to legal information, especially when laws and policies affect our daily life. I know the feeling of powerlessness and not understanding whom one can approach when in need of legal help.” Cristal Lopez credits her time… Read More
Say Yang

Say Yang

“As students of color, we have this passion for developing our communities but we don’t really know how. We want to see things change, but we don’t have the tools. Ever since Elementary School, I was involved in my community.… Read More
Marquis Jenkins

Marquis Jenkins

“The program gave me the opportunity to connect with other organizers and those connections helped me see the big picture. I got to see who was in the organizing community and the relationship between what they were doing and what… Read More
Fanya Baruti

Fanya Baruti

“What struck me and stayed with me most from the program was the concept of internalized oppression. When they hit that, I said to myself that’s what I’ve been suffering from. I’ve been suffering from this syndrome for a long… Read More