CFA Latina/o Caucus lobbies for the CSU, faculty, and our students

Leaders of CFA’s Latina/o Caucus traveled to Sacramento last Tuesday, May 23 to lobby elected members of the California Assembly and Senate who belong to the Legislative Latino Caucus.

The CFA leaders talked with legislators about CFA priorities including the CSU’s budget allocation from the state. They also discussed CFA-sponsored legislation such as Assembly Bill 21: ‘Access to Higher Education for Every Student’ (authored by Assemblymember Ash Kalra), which would expand support to DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) students who face difficult new challenges due to their immigration status.

The faculty expressed concerns about adequate funding to the CSU for ethnic studies, and discussed other bills that CFA supports.

Two groups of CFA Latina/o Caucus members held meetings with 19 members of the Legislative Latino Caucus and/or their staff. This was part of their ongoing commitment to support the Latino community. Both groups said the meetings were very positive.

Margarita Berta-Ávila who teaches at CSU Sacramento said,

”It was a great experience to connect with the members of the legislature and their staff regarding the issues facing our community. We were on the same page for the most part. These visits are opportunities to open lines of communication and for them to be accountable.”

PHOTO: Assemblywoman Blanca Rubio (D-West Covina), center, was visited by CFA Latina/o Caucus members, left to right, Blanca Castañeda, CFA Field Representative, and faculty members Nena Torrez from CSU San Bernardino, Rosalinda Quintanar from San Jose State, and Margarita Berta-Ávila from CSU Sacramento. Also participating in the lobby day were faculty members Rafael Gomez from CSU Monterey Bay, and Theresa Montaño and Antonio Gallo, both from CSU Northridge.