The Abriendo Caminos team recognizes the importance of students’ voices, ideas, perspectives, and insights on activities, policies, practices, and proposals leading to equitable practices that are student-centered.
The team is committed to approaching practices that “presumes [Latina/o/x and historically marginalized students] are competent and worthy, and that thinks [their/or] language and culture are beautiful assets to be enhanced, not subtracted” (Garcia, 2019, p.90). In addition, the team recognizes the importance of building a campus community that embraces our students’ voices and stories and provides a seat at the table for students to share their knowledge and experience.
In 2020, the Student Advisory Equipo was developed to include students in the planning and development of the Abriendo Caminos grant at Pasadena City College (PCC). Student representatives in the Student Advisory Equipo serve as experts, consultants, and troubleshooters to support various initiatives, projects, and academic and student support services. Additionally, they provide feedback on current processes and services and attend meetings and committees campuswide. They also offer support in developing events centered on Latinx/a/o students and other historically marginalized populations.
Equipo members have been trained to offer outreach and financial aid support to prospective students and participate in campus-wide employment hiring committees.
The Student Advisory Equipo has collaborated with the following clubs, committees, departments, programs, and working groups:
- Cardinal and Gold Leadership (C&G) Program
- Career Communities & Faculty Leads Working group
- College 001 Curriculum Team
- Completion Coach Team Meetings
- First-Year Experience/Pathways Outreach Team
- Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Abriendo Team Meetings
- PCC Connect Task Force Team
- PCC’s Professional Development
- President’s Leadership Council on Equity, Diversity, and Justice
- President’s Latino Advisory Committee (PLAC)
- Puente Club and Puente Project
- Office of Institutional Effectiveness
- Office of Student Life
- Student Support Services - Counseling
- Shatford Library Team
Meet the Equipo
I joined Equipo to fight for equity in education for all students, to be a part of an equipo with a cause that speaks up against the educational and social injustice we constantly see. Also, to reach new heights in assisting the campus in achieving equity in their opportunities & resources and setting an example of what an HSI truly means when it comes to supporting the Latinx/a/o student body.
I joined Equipo to work with other Hispanics/Latinxs, organizing events for the college community and uplift the voices of our Hispanic/Latinx community. In addition, I plan to inspire future Hispanic/Latinxs students to be involved in their community and change it for the better.
I joined Equipo to help build a safe space for all students navigating the higher education system. As a member of the Student Advisory EQUIPO, my goal is to inspire the next generation of students in my community to chase their dreams no matter what obstacles may stand in their way.
Becoming a part of a student’s social and navigational capital is an essential step towards change. Encouraging students from diverse backgrounds to take up space in places they were historically not welcomed is an inspiration. My core reason for being a part of this team is to help others realize that the change we have longed for is in us - We are the change!
I joined Equipo because, in my educational journey, I struggled to receive assistance. My mom was also a CTE student at PCC while pregnant with me, and she was unable to continue her ESL class, so I decided to represent her and myself and dedicate my educational journey to her.
I joined Equipo to inspire students to be proud of their cultural heritage and utilize their inner strengths to overcome barriers as they navigate college. Con ganas todo se puede!
I want my community to feel included and have a sense of belonging, even if those community members were not raised in the US.