Students for Economic Justice 2019 Fellowship
Arturo is a first-generation Mexican American college student who was born and raised in Southeast San Diego. He is currently attending San Diego City College where he is pursuing an Associate’s Degree for Transfer in Sociology. As the son of immigrant parents, Arturo has been acquainted with the social and economic injustices that are far too prevalent in San Diego County. To challenge said injustices, Arturo reclaimed his purpose by partaking in varying forms of civic engagement and social activism.
Through his internship at Alliance for HOPE International and work at other organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the International Rescue Committee, Arturo has gained an ample amount of experience in furthering social and economic equity. At Alliance, he worked on expanding fundraising and grant writing operations while assisting its programs such as the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, Camp HOPE America, and the Family Justice Center Alliance in an effort to vitalize the non-profits’ mission to create pathways to hope for women, children, and men who are survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse, and human trafficking.
As South Bay Precinct Captain at the ACLU, Arturo organized and executed community events to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties of those in the U.S. As a Global Youth Ambassador at the International Rescue Committee, he indulged in finding ways to positively impact the global refugee crisis. As an SEJ Fellow, Arturo will explore avenues of service that will propel prospective career paths in the realms of economic and social justice. With the experience gained from SEJ, Arturo will be granted skills that will help him strive for the betterment of San Diego County.