Higher Education + Ethnic Studies for Latinos and Other Underrepresented Communities
Joe and Fabian Pavon discuss Higher Education + Ethnic Studies for Latinos & Other Underrepresented Communities.
Fabián Pavón is a graduate from Mt. San Antonio College, a Peer Advisor and Office Assistant in the Bridge Program, and the former Inter-Club Council Co-Chair of the Associated Student Government at Mt. SAC.
He earned a skills certificate in Business Management and Small Business Management and an A.A.T. in History at Mt. SAC. He is currently pursuing his B.A. in Chicana/o Studies and Sociology at UC Santa Barbara, and will later pursue an M.A. in History, Fabian Pavon and a PhD in Ethnic Studies.
He is heavily involved with different organizations such as: Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A.), Improving Dreams, Equality, Access, and Success (I.D.E.A.S.), Black Student Union (B.S.U.), the San Gabriel Valley Latin@Roundtable, and a new organization called United Pomona Valley M.E.Ch.A..
He first started writing rap songs in the third grade and recorded his first song when he was fifteen years old. He now uses his ability to rap and write poetry to organize and host events and fundraisers for good causes like the All Love Hip Hop Show, and organized his first conference called Organizing For Change, which is the first ever social justice conference hosted at Mt. SAC. As a member of student government at his community college he has advocated for the change of Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day, successfully passed a resolution for the creation of a Gender and Ethnic Studies Department, and successfully secured school funds for Mt. SAC’s first ever Hispanic week called, “Latinos Putting in Work”.
He has been active in the Cesar Chavez Pilgrimage planning committee for two consecutive years. As a result, the Pomona Unified School District and the City of Pomona awarded him the Community Service Award.