Students for Economic Justice 2014 Fellowship
Jesus Daniel Mendez Carbajal is an undocumented, queer, Chicano, immigrant, poet, college student, and grassroots community organizer, older brother and son born to Mexican immigrant parents in Acapulco, Guerrero, México. Jesus grew up in Golden Hill, where he still lives today with his family. Jesus is going into his second year as a transfer student at San Diego State University (SDSU) majoring in Chicana and Chicano Studies. He graduated from the Preuss School, UCSD in 2010 and received his Associates of Arts degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from San Diego Mesa College. He is determined to one day receive his Masters and Doctoral degree, most likely in an interdisciplinary department. Jesus is committed to his local and global community through his engagement in the San Diego Immigrant Youth Collective (SDIYC) and the Association of Chicana Activists (A.Ch.A.) at SDSU. He is determined to become an educator bringing themes of ethnic studies, gender, sexuality and history together. Jesus strives to one day publish his poems in a book to empower and motivate his multiple communities. Jesus is excited to work with CPI as part of the Students for Economic Justice (SEJ) to further the legacy and impact of past SEJers. Jesus looks to change the world one step at a time, one small task at a time, by changing himself first.