Cypress College student Catherine Cueva is one of 23 students nationwide selected as the inaugural cohort of #RealCollege’s Student Leadership Advisory Council. Cueva is the only member from the California Community Colleges and just one of four from the Golden State.
California’s additional selections come from Fresno State University, California Polytechnic State University at Pomona, and the University of California Berkeley. In all, the 23 students attend 19 public institutions, eight community colleges, and four Historically Black Colleges and Universities.Three-quarters of the SLAC members identify as female and 87% are people of color.
Cueva said she joined the Student Leadership Advisory Council “to help inform others about food insecurity, expecially on college campuses.” Her interest is an extension of her volunteer efforts providing Thanksgiving meals to those in need.
“We are so pleased that Catherine Cueva has been selected to serve on the Student Leadership Advisory Council on behalf of Cypress College and the California community colleges,” Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D. said. “We know she will do a great job. #RealCollege is an effort that aligns strongly with our campus efforts to meet the needs of our students and we are also excited for the opportunity to strengthen this relationship and to tie the work of these 23 extraordinary students with the initiatives we recommend to legislators in California.”
#RealCollege is an initiative from the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice based at Temple University. The effort seeks “to center college students as humans first and increase the availaiblity of supports for their basic needs,” according to the organization. The new Student Leadership Advisory Council seeks to elevate students’ voices in decisionmaking, to highlight the diversity of their institutions, and to introduce the amazing students at these colleges to a broader public.
Cypress College is one of the #RealCollege member institutions.