Susana Barraza has a plan. She has specifics and a timeline and is oozing with confidence that it will happen. She wants to gain experience in Washington D.C. (where she interned with the Congressional Hispanic Leadership Institute), reach the PhD level, return back home, and run for public office.
Susana’s plan is especially remarkable because when she (barely) graduated from high school, she had no plan at all. She’s the eldest in an income insecure immigrant family, and her parents expected her to work after high school. She entertained the idea of community college only because her best friend was going, so she enrolled at Sacramento City College (SCC).
Susana’s ambitions changed when she was selected to attend the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities’ (HACU) Capitol Forum as an SCC representative. Each spring, SCC students at this forum lobby their elected Congressional representatives hoping to shape and promote future legislation that will benefit all students, particularly those in underserved communities. SCC is the only campus in the region to expose students to these opportunities.