Lupe Sandoval was born in Oaxaca, Mexico and moved with her family to San Diego when she was six. She is the granddaughter of a “Bracero” and a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipient. She earned an Associate Degree in History from San Diego Mesa College and a B.A in Anthropology from San Diego State University. As an alumna of KIPP Adelante, Lupe has experienced firsthand the wraparound support and investment of an educational college-prep program. Her philosophy on the importance of a college education is also informed by her leadership, advocacy, and the firm belief that a college degree is more about civic participation and finding a voice than just the promise of upward mobility. As an educational equity professional, Lupe’s primer on education, litigation, & policy advocacy began through her internship with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and has persisted in her community organizing efforts with Barrio Logan College Institute. Presently, Lupe sits on the San Diego City College Foundation Board which engages alumni and fundraises scholarships for students.