Jesus Gonzalez is a fourth-year majoring in sociology and minoring in political science. He is hoping to earn a master’s in counseling with an option in school counseling. Gonzalez was born in Magdalena, Mexico, and arrived in the United States at the age of one.
He was involved in the Los Angeles County Teen Court Alumni Association, and Parents, Educators/Teachers, Students in Action (PESA). Volunteering with PESA, he assisted communities in need through mentorship and educational assistance. His involvement led him to develop interests in helping students go to college, learn about the law and become familiar with resources for success.
As a first-generation, undocumented college student, Gonzalez recognizes the barriers many students face in higher education. The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and the Dream Success Center (DSC) have shown him that his status is not an obstacle, but an opportunity to connect with others. Gonzalez found opportunities within Associated Students, Inc. (ASI), and through the DSC, he discovered the student organization For Undocumented Empowered Leaders (FUEL). He has served as FUEL president, ASI Senator-At-Large, voting member on the Curriculum and Educational Policies Council (CEPC), and a member of ASI Communications.
Gonzalez has coordinated for Assemblymember Cristina Garcia, managing outreach campaigns, mentoring middle schoolers and leading fun events. He also brought back The Spanish Club @ The Beach alongside a passionate group of students, and as vice president, he fostered a space for students to explore the language and various cultures.
ASI President Gonzalez’s goal is to continue putting the needs of students first. He plans to emphasize educating, engaging, and empowering students through advocacy and inclusion. He will start by providing more resources for students of color, the LGBTQIA+ community, pregnant and parenting students, undocumented students and students with disabilities.
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