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Alma Mater(s): San Diego Community College & University of Los Angeles (UCLA)
Your role in one sentence: I conduct research and advocate for greater access and opportunity for student success in higher education across California.
When I am not at work helping students get to and succeed in college I am…taking photos in the great LA area, host of UCLA college radio program called The Scoop, and traveling the globe.
If not higher education then what cause? Social, Economic and Environmental Justice.
For many people, phrases such as foster care, mental disorders, and the school to prison pipeline are theoretical concepts taught and analyzed in the classroom from an outsider’s perspective. For Tylar, these concepts were a lived reality. As a young man Tylar showed much interest in social studies and would ultimately lead him to take courses in African American studies once he began attending community college. One year after his enrollment in 2011, Tylar had already began taking courses for his major when all ethnic study courses were removed from his college due to statewide budget cuts, this decision forced him to choose another major. This was Tylar’s introduction to public policy and its’ effects on shaping the outcomes of students and their future from a first-hand experience. Understanding the connection between the ones effected by policy and the people in the decision-making positions, Tylar decided to take an active role in deciding a future for himself and choose to major in Political Science.
This experience led Tylar to become the Treasure of his local student government for two consecutive years which prompted him to run and win an election for a State level governance position as the Internal Affairs Senator for the Student Senate for California Community Colleges whose organization represents the Chancellor’s Office and all 113 community colleges. His experiences would have him advocate for many issues effecting students in higher education on the State as well as Federal level of policy making surrounding issues such as Federal Financial Aid, California Dreamers Act, Cal- Grants, even raising concerns about California’s Master Plan.
Tylar has engaged in international education which consisted of teaching English 8th grade students abroad in Italy. His curriculum reflects a more accurate historical representation as it rejects the traditional narratives providing the space to unpack and consider alternatives.
Furthermore, Tylar has held a position as a Student of Economic Justice Fellow for the Center of Policy Initiatives working on issue surrounding Wage Theft, as well as community organizing with the ACLU providing community resources and Know Your Rights events focusing on issues of ICE in vulnerable communities.
After receiving his associates degree in politics Tylar successfully transferred to the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and is on track to graduate June 2019 with a degree in African American Studies.