Political Advocacy

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SMAC leaders play an important and growing advocacy role for marginalized students in California community colleges. Over the years, they have identified key issues, fought for change, held those in power accountable, and have significantly impacted the culture and conditions at every level of the institution. While many turn to college leadership to improve outcomes for underserved students, in reality, administrators, faculty and policymakers will not transform the system on their own; the solution depends on student leaders pushing for student-centered policies and practices to guide the way.

To bring visibility to student issues, SMAC leaders work collaboratively with student groups and clubs to discuss issues of concern, engage peers in opportunities for student voice, and organize events. SMAC has forged strategic relationships with members of the Community College Board, college leaders and administrators, union representatives, and key faculty allies. In addition, SMAC has built partnerships with key equity and education advocates statewide.


The California Higher Education Coalition Activities

SMAC participated in higher education policy and advocacy with the Campaign for College Opportunity and partners across the state. SMAC along side advocacy partners support efforts to educate California’s Gubernatorial and Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI) candidates and influence the education platforms of both the next Governor and SPI to ensure that California increases college access and success to our public college and universities and closes persistent equity gaps for Black, Latino and sub-group of underserved Asian American students.

 
 

Sacramento State Capitol

Spoke with Assembly Members about the Student Success Funding Formula for California Community Colleges proposed in the Governor’s revised budget that will ensuring students not only gain access to our community colleges, but ultimately succeed in reaching their college goals.

 Student advocate Kashmiere Young (SMAC fellow on right)

Student advocate Kashmiere Young (SMAC fellow on right)

 Helen Yasko (SMAC fellow on left), Kashmiere Young (SMAC fellow in the middle), and Denise Castro (SMAC Program Coordinator in the right)

Helen Yasko (SMAC fellow on left), Kashmiere Young (SMAC fellow in the middle), and Denise Castro (SMAC Program Coordinator in the right)

Lulu Matute (SMAC Fellow). Lulu Matute advocated for remediation reform.

 

California’s Gubernatorial and Superintendent of Public Instruction

 Gavin Newsom, Governor Candidate (Sitting down), Kashmiere Young, SMAC Fellow (On screen)

Gavin Newsom, Governor Candidate (Sitting down), Kashmiere Young, SMAC Fellow (On screen)

 Kashmiere Young, SMAC Fellow (Left), Gavin Newsom, Governor Candidate (Right)

Kashmiere Young, SMAC Fellow (Left), Gavin Newsom, Governor Candidate (Right)

 Lena Carew, SMAC Executive Director (Left), Kashmiere Young, SMAC Fellow (Middle Left), Marjorie Blen, SMAC Fellow (Middle Right), Denise Castro, SMAC Program Coordinator (Right)

Lena Carew, SMAC Executive Director (Left), Kashmiere Young, SMAC Fellow (Middle Left), Marjorie Blen, SMAC Fellow (Middle Right), Denise Castro, SMAC Program Coordinator (Right)