Students for Economic Justice 2018 Fellowship
Stephanie Flores is a Latina sociology transfer student and student-labor organizer at UCSD. From 2015 to 2017, she attended El Camino Community College and received her associate’s degree in sociology. She was born and raised in Inglewood, California and also grew up in Hawthorne, California. She is the daughter of Laura Villegas and Jesús Héctor Flores, Mexican immigrants who raised her to be the strong and compassionate woman she is today.
She is passionate about social justice and cares about issues that working-class communities of color face. During the summer of 2017, she volunteered at a day labor center called Instituto de Educación Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA) in Los Angeles, where she learned how to organize around issues that affect her community like wage theft, exploitation of immigrant workers, and economic, gender, and racial inequality.
She is currently an AFSCME intern and the AS Labor Director (Coalition Builder) of the External Affairs Office at UCSD. She helps run labor commission meetings in order to strengthen student-worker relations on campus. She likes to challenge inequality on campus by organizing actions, presentations, and building solidarity with unions on campus. On May 1st, 2018, she organized a panel discussion called “Perspectives of Latina Immigrant Workers” as a way to honor international workers day and the voices of UC workers. As an AFSCME intern, she supported the AFSCME strike on May 7, 8, and 9 and worked on ensuring student turn out by reaching out to teachers, students, and collaborating with UAW 2865.
Stephanie is growing to be an educator and aspires to be a lawyer that specializes in immigration and labor law. She hopes to inspire other daughters of immigrants and other under represented students. The work she does is a reflection of the love she has for her family and community.