Carlos Rodriguez

Student, University of California, Los Angeles
Carlos Rodriguez is a first-year transfer student at UCLA pursuing a bachelor’s degree in economics. He is the proud product of Mexican immigrants and grew up in the Central Valley. Prior to transferring to the #1 public university in the nation, Carlos was the first in his family to graduate high school and is a first-generation graduate of Porterville College, where he served as the Associated Student Government President. He worked alongside his college President, Dr. Claudia Habib, and students across his campus and the state to advocate for increased financial aid, funding for basic needs and addressing the shortage in mental health services. He attributes his remarkable educational journey to the members of Porterville College’s Maintenance and Operations Department and distinguished faculty who helped him develop as a student, leader and advocate.
Carlos participated in the 2023 General Assembly hosted by the Student Senate for California Community Colleges (SSCCC) as a delegate for his campus. He is also an alumnus of the Student Leadership Institute at the Campaign for College Opportunity, where he navigated higher education policy advocacy and reform in the pursuit of closing racial equity gaps across California. He is excited to be embarking on the University of California’s Washington D.C. program for Winter 2024, and is passionate about expanding his knowledge and skill set in the realm of economic justice, public policy and influencing decision-making to better serve our most marginalized communities.