Student Engagement Associate
Alma Mater(s): Sacramento State University (Fall 2017)
Your role in one sentence: Engaging and educating students on the importance of higher education while encouraging their advocacy to succeed in college and beyond.
When I am not at work helping students get to and succeed in college I am…exploring Northern California
If not higher education then what cause? Working for social justice while motivating others to make a difference.
Born to Salvadoran immigrants in Los Angeles, Karen had the values of education instilled in her at an early age. She grew up listening to her parent’s desire to have had the opportunity to obtain a higher education. She understood at an early age that education was not only a pathway towards enlightenment but stability.
As a first generation college student, Karen moved from Los Angeles to Sacramento after graduating from John Marshall High School in Los Angeles. She now attends CSU Sacramento, where she studies Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. In the past, Karen mentored first-year Political Science majors through the Odyssey Program at Sacramento State, served as Executive Vice President for the College Democrats, while also interning for Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León as a Communications Intern.