The process of crafting collaborative programming often reveals
systemic challenges that low-income, first-generation students face.
Alongside designing programmatic solutions to these challenges, the network
advocates for broad-reaching changes to institutional, organizational,
state, and national policies that stand in the way of students
achieving their goal of college graduation.
SoCal CAN works with our institutional partners to ensure that policies are designed to support students’ success. For example, we previously served on a committee that streamlined the financial aid verification process at CSU Dominguez Hills.
SoCal CAN lends our support to statewide advocacy efforts aimed at ensuring that students can access and complete a post-secondary degree. We write letters of support, deliver testimony on behalf of our students, and meet with local elected officials to educate them on the issues.
Organizations that are affiliated with our coalition are the Campaign for College Opportunity, Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce – Access Sacramento, and The Institute for College Access and Success – Cal Grants Coalition.
From left to right: Bill Spokesperson Edward James Olmos, Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin De Leon, Executive Director Alison De Lucca, and Bodie Olmos
Spotlight on SB 1425
In 2013-14, our Executive Director Alison De Lucca participated in the Women’s Foundation’s Women’s Policy Institute. That same year, SoCal CAN co-sponsored our first bill – SB 1425 (Block) – with the Campaign for College Opportunity. The bill would have placed a degree tracking system in all of California’s Community Colleges. While the bill was held in committee, the experience has positioned SoCal CAN as an advocacy player at the state level and has prepared SoCal CAN to broaden our institutional advocacy efforts.