MAIS Guest Speaker: Christian Callejas

MAIS students were fortunate to hear Christian Callejas, who specializes in the rights of indigenous people and human rights, present at USF Tuesday night. Not only is Christian a professor at the University of Costa Rica and University of San Jose, but he also serves as the legal counsel for Garifuna people before the Inter-American Human Rights System.

Youth Organizer: MAIS student Gabriela Garcia Cruz

MAIS student Gabriela Garcia Cruz has spent the last ten months interning for the San Francisco Organizing Project (SFOP) as a Youth Organizer. Gabi says, “Through my time working for SFOP, we successfully stopped 17 deportations and held civic engagement campaigns in support of AB 60 and TRUST Act (AB 4). I was also given the opportunity to meet with state officials such as Congresswoman Pelosi to discuss strategies that would pressure other political leaders in support of immigration reform. Moreover, I was able to expand my skills in different areas such as working along community members through a bottom-up approach: analyzing data, political mobilizing and building a campaign around it. I was able to apply theory in to action and see the end result of solidarity amongst community members united for positive change. SFOP, although a local organization, is leading and working on addressing international issues such as immigrant rights. Professionally, I was able to expand my network, my community organizing skills, and receive job offers throughout the country.” Well done, Gabi!