ADVOCATE

 

Institutional Advocacy

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.

 

Statewide Advocacy

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.

Coalition Affiliation

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.

SoCal CAN Changemakers, is a fellowship program that is designed to improve Southern California’s colleges and universities by uplifting student voices. Students will have hands-on experience by learning how to be an effective advocate and executing an advocacy campaign. Students will develop skills, build knowledge about the issues impacting today’s students, and determine best courses of action to pursue institutional change.

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.

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.