Students Making A Change (SMAC) Organizing Coordinator
A returning college student and 2011 City College of San Francisco (CCSF) graduate, Lena is currently attending the Hass School of Business at UC Berkeley. During her time at CCSF, Lena was the Shared Governance Coordinator for the Associated Student Council, and a peer mentor for the Students Supporting Students program. In 2009 Lena joined SF Equity, an advocacy group comprised of progressive faculty and student members focused on increasing equity on campus. Impassioned by the equity work, Lena founded the student organization Students Making a Change (SMAC) in 2010. SMAC is now a program of Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth and a student club at CCSF. SMAC organizes, advocates, and empowers underrepresented students of color and focuses its efforts on increasing retention and completion rates of these student groups.
Since SMAC’s inception, the program has successfully advocated for the creation of over 70 civic engagement student internships, formed the college’s first immigrant student resource center (VIDA), advocated for the implementation of English and Math accelerated curriculum and placement testing reform, and gained priority registration for incoming high school students.
Integral Movement for AB 540 Student Success (IMASS) Representative
Shaila Ramos attends De Anza College and her major is Peace and Conflict Studies. She has been working on immigrant rights issues since she first attended the 2006 immigration marches against laws that would incriminate immigrants. She is currently working on projects to provide aid for undocumented students in California. She has worked on the campaigns for the CA and Federal DREAM Act and is currently Co-Administrator of HEFAS (Higher Education for AB 540 Students) program at De Anza College and the Executive Vice-President of the De Anza College Associative Student Body Senate.
Berkeley City College Service Community
Program Coordinator 2010-12
Social activism is a fervent family legacy. Surrounded by social activists as a child, I grew up participating in events to raise awareness of violence against women, the unethical treatment of animals, the abuse of undocumented workers, and a variety of other issues. I was encouraged to think about my actions and their consequences. An adult now, my work at UC Berkeley, both as an academic and an activist has been to work on structural change and service learning to enhance and further the social activism in and around the community.