On November 13th, the Campaign for College Opportunity hosted our inaugural Hope on the Horizon: Charting a Course for Student Success celebration at the Citizen Hotel in Sacramento, where we hosted higher education partners from across California for an evening of celebration and reflection on the past year of higher education policy. The evening was also an opportunity for community members to gather as we honored California Attorney General Xavier Becerra; UC Immigrant Legal Services Executive Director, Maria Blanco; California Community Colleges Board of Governors Vice President, Pamela Haynes, and three California Community College and California State University student leaders for their extraordinary work in serving and supporting California students.
Labor and civil rights activist, Dolores Huerta kicked off the evening presenting the 2018 Change Maker award to California Attorney General Xavier Becerra. Becerra, a son of immigrants and the first in his family to attend college reflected on his journey through the higher education system in California as a Latino and looked ahead at the work to be done to support Californians like himself pursuing a higher education. Unsung Hero Maria Blanco called on the urgency to serve and support the state’s undocumented and DACAmented students, while Pamela Haynes called on the need to invest in the success of all students, regardless of income or ethnicity. We closed out the evening with a spoken word performance from UC Davis student Malissia Bordeaux, who spoke on the barriers to college opportunity and the doors her degree as a Black student will open. You can watch the celebration and all of the speeches below.
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