Oxy Grads on the Front Line of the Urban Crisis


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Many Oxy alums are working for nonprofit groups, government agencies, and research/policy centers that address the serious issues facing our cities – poverty and unemployment, housing, pollution, immigration reform, transportation, and public health, among them. On May 3, 2018, six Oxy alums returned to campus to talk about their current work with such groups and how their Oxy education helped lead them on this path.  The forum includes students who majored in Sociology, DWA, Politics, Spanish, and UEP and who graduated between 1999 and 2016. 
 
Panelists included:
Monica Gomez '99 (Sociology) - Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights
Fernando Cazares '00 (Public Policy) - Trust for Public Land
Jackie Cornejo '05 (Spanish Studies & Politics) - Partnership for Working Families
Max Podemski '06 - (Urban & Environmental Policy) - Pacoima Beautiful/First 5 LA
Maya Abood '10 - (Urban & Environmental Policy) - Program for Environmental & Regional Equity, USC
Abhilasha Bhola '16 (Diplomacy & World Affairs) - ​Jobs to Move America