Candy is a 5th year student majoring in Criminal Justice and Sociology, option in Law & Society with a Psychology minor. She briefly attended California State University, Northridge for her first year, then decided to attend community college closer to her foster home. She attended Rio Hondo College, Pasadena City College and East Los Angeles College (ELAC). At ELAC, she was accepted into the Honors Program, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and was in the Dean's Honor List; She also introduced the John Burton Book fund to the Financial Aid Office to increase financial aid opportunities for foster youth at ELAC. Candy graduated in Spring 2015 from East Los Angeles College with an Associate in Science in Administration of Justice for Transfer, an Associate in Arts in Sociology for Transfer, an Associate in Arts in General Studies: Social & Behavioral Sciences and a Certificate of Achievement in Administration of Justice with Sociological Emphasis. She is currently working on her last class to obtain an Associate in Arts in Psychology for Transfer.
Candy began at Cal State LA in Fall 2015; since her enrollment she has been involved on campus through various clubs and organizations. Candy began her involvement in ASI in 2016, when she ran for Health and Human Services College Representative. She was elected, but resigned due to unforeseen personal circumstances. During Summer 2016, Candy applied for an Associate Justice position and was appointed.
Candy's other on-campus involvement includes: Alpha Phi Sigma, Criminal Justice Honor Society; Golden Key International Honor Society; Order of Omega, the National Greek Honor Society, where she serves as Vice President; Pre-Law Society; Criminal Justice Student Association; University-Student Union Board of Directors, 2016-2017 academic year served as a student member and 2017-2018 academic year was elected as Vice Chair, Talons Orientation Program, where she serves as President.
Candy has various jobs on campus as well! She is a student assistant for the College of Natural and Social Sciences, Office of the Dean where she has been given the opportunity to work with departments within the college. Candy also works at the University Bookstore. And if you're an incoming Freshman or Transfer you might have seen her this past Summer as an Orientation Leader for the New Student and Parent Programs.
Candy is a foster youth whom entered the system in 2012 and was in AB 12 after exiting care as a dependent minor/ward of the court. She is also a parent of a toddler and guardian of her teenage sisters. Due to various life trials, Candy developed an interest in policy and government, from a systematic standpoint. She has advocated and worked on improving foster youth rights, financial aid, housing, etc. Candy has also worked with regards to food insecurity, housing instability, domestic violence awareness, sexual assault awareness, and homelessness because of her own personal experiences.
Certification(s): Training for Intervention ProcedureS (TIPS®), American Heart Association: Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED, In Progress: National Association of Parliamentarians: Student Membership & Certification