Students for Economic Justice 2015 Fellowship
Christian Alexander Gamez is a working class Chicano, son of a single mother, college student, grassroots organizer, and future educator that was raised in the neighborhood of Sherman Heights. He is a founding member of the San Diego City College chapter of Students Against Mass Incarceration (SAMI) and has collaborated with various student and community organizations on and off campus. Christian is a second year student majoring in History at San Diego City College (SDCC) and is planning to apply to local Universities in the beginning of 2016. He graduated from Mission Bay High School in 2009 and returned to college in 2013 after several years of working to sustain his home. Christian plans to become a history teacher and community organizer upon receiving his Bachelors Degree in order to put theory to practice and highlight a version of history that is often untold; one which focuses on the complex history of gender, sexuality, race and the dynamics of the working class struggle against social and economic inequalities. As an educator, he hopes to inspire youth and give them the tools needed to confront an increasingly globalized system. Christian is someone who is determined to leave the world a better place than he found it and is focused on combating global issues by acting locally to support our diverse San Diego communities by addressing problems of immigration, mass incarceration, poverty and human rights. Christian is hoping that his time with CPI and his participation with Students for Economic Justice (SEJ) will allow him to humbly collaborate with, and connect with those looking to achieve social, economic, and environmental justice in San Diego and beyond.