Lizbeth Velasquez is a fourth year political science major with a concentration in law and public policy. Lizbeth’s parents emigrated from Mexico to East Los Angeles where she also grew up. She attended Downey High School with the goal of reaching higher education and being the first in her family to receive a college degree. Her experience in high school set her out to be a leader; becoming co-editor-in-chief of yearbook and later captain of track and field. Her parents inspired her to consistently speak up for those who did not have a voice at the table, and represent those who suffered from struggles similar to those her parents had to face as immigrants. These lessons led Lizbeth to focus her efforts on advocacy and making change.
As a sophomore at Long Beach State University, Lizbeth felt the need to help her community and became a Justice Corps service member as part of the AmeriCorps program, where she was placed at the Long Beach Courthouse. Her volunteer time at the courthouse consisted of helping self-represented litigants who could not afford legal representation. Her time there displayed to her the struggles low-income minority groups had to encounter when it came to accessing legal services. The following year as a junior, Velasquez continued her efforts but focused on student advocacy and became an ASI Judiciary associate justice. During her second semester of junior year she was appointed chief justice. In this role, she led efforts in making the grade appeal process fair and just for students, noticing many parallels to the lessons she learned in the courthouse also arise on campus.
Velasquez´s goals for her 2019-2020 presidency are to serve all students, with a focus on those who struggle from systematic oppression. She understands that college is not the most welcoming experience for many, and is passionate about tackling various issues such as legal representation on campus, textbook and tuition affordability, and transparency in the university. President Velasquez encourages fellow students to reach out to her with any concerns or ideas they might have at Lizbeth.Velasquez@csulb.edu.
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