Student Stories

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
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