Cheers to 15 Years: 2019 Champions of Higher Education

November 14th

On Thursday, November 14th, we had the great pleasure of hosting our annual Champions of Higher Education celebration and toasting to 15 Years of Making College Dreams a Reality. With powerful speeches delivered by our honorees and testimonies given by students who’ve earned their Associate Degrees for Transfer, it was a truly unforgettable night.

We were proud to recognize our honorees, who have been exemplary leaders in creating a higher education system that truly serves California’s diverse students.

2019 Honorees

Students Making a Change

Honorable Gavin Newsom
Governor of California

Honorable Alex Padilla
California Secretary of State

Dr. Silas H. Abrego
CSU Trustee


Lena Carew, accepting the Honor Roll Award on behalf of the student-led organization, Students Making A Change (SMAC)

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) student honorees giving their testimonies & presenting Secretary Alex Padilla with an award. (L-R: Giselle Tarango (CSUF), Violeta Zamora (CSULA), and Autumn Lewis (CSLUB).)

Secretary of State Alex Padilla, instrumental in developing & championing the ADT, giving a heartfelt speech about the success of the ADT & college access regardless of citizenship status.

Dr. Silas H. Abrego, champion of racial equity and student success throughout his long-time career as an administrator and CSU Trustee.

ADT students with Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

Our team!

A Message From Governor Newsom

Thank you to our event sponsors!

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2019 Champions of Higher Education Celebration