Alumni in Action

Erika_Profile.jpgErika Jimenez

Volunteer with “Campaign for All California” Campaign 

Roosevelt High School, Class of 2013

Cal State East Bay, Class of 2017

B.S. in Political Science, minor in Economics 




'I’m fighting to make college tuition free for all students in California.’


What campaigns were you a part of as a youth? 

When I was at Roosevelt, students were facing zero tolerance policies at their schools. We were getting tickets from school police for minor infractions. At United Students, we said we weren’t going to allow this. We started introducing restorative justice instead of punishing students.

Erika_Marching.PNGHow did being a part of InnerCity Struggle as a youth impact who you are today? 

If it wasn’t for United Students, I wouldn’t be the person who I am today. It made me want to give back and make society a better place. It made me want to fight for free universal health care, and free or at least affordable college.


What are you doing now? 

I’m fighting to make college in California free or at least affordable with the “College For All” campaign. Since undergrad, I fought against tuition increases because I saw first-hand how much students were struggling. Every year I was in school, the board raised tuition and it impacted students’ food security and housing. I even had a friend who was forced to withdraw from school because she didn’t receive enough financial aid. The cost of college shouldn’t be the reason why you shouldn’t go. 


What advice would you give to young people today?

Just get involved. Don’t be afraid to go and try it.


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