Students for Economic Justice 2014 Fellowship
Laura Baeza was born September 16, 1993 in Chula Vista CA. Although Laura considers herself very privileged while growing up, her parents always kept her grounded and showed her that nothing is gained without dedication and hard work. She started at San Diego City College in the fall of 2011 and fell in love with the college, and all that it offers to its students. Around her second semester her professor Larissa Dorman inspired her to attain a degree in Political Science. Laura participated in clubs like BEAT ( Bringing Education and Activism Together) at SDCC. In the Spring of 2013 she was diagnosed with ovarian tumors, which caused her to leave school for a semester. This prolonged her ability to transfer to a four year university, and devastated her completely. But she came back stronger and began her first internship with the AFT, where she worked on the mayoral campaign. The opportunity she received from AFT allowed her to view how our city is running and how we can change it to benefit all of our citizens. This past Spring 2014 semester she received another internship with AFT, where she focused on workers’ rights, and that is where she realized that she wanted to eventually work with a union and pursue workers rights if she ever goes to law school. Laura’s goals are to earn a degree in Political Science so she can work for a union and change the city of San Diego, so that everyone can benefit and have equal opportunities, as well as some day attend law school and attain the ability to protect workers.