About Candy

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.

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. After 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.

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 instability, housing insecurity, domestic violence awareness, sexual assault awareness, and homelessness because of her own personal experiences.