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Christopher Figueroa

Christopher Figueroa

Creating positive social change! Christopher Figueroa has increased his devotion to this goal through his scholastic work and social involvement at PVCC. He emphasizes the necessity of having “diversity of thought, culture, values, and identity” if a society is to make progress toward greater equality and the fulfillment of its citizens’ best potential. Was Christopher always aware of this? No. “Before PVCC I had a very narrow world view.” Now, after his experience on this campus: “I am prepared to engage my community-at-large with a more inclusive attitude.”

How to turn this into action? Next: Pursuing a BA in Social Behavioral Sciences at ASU West with the plan of eventually achieving a master's degree in counseling: “I want to start a non-profit that focuses on guiding at-risk youth to higher education, using the tools that I gathered at PVCC and throughout my educational journey. The youth are the future, and they need as much guidance as possible.”

He describes feeling special appreciation for PVCC’s focus on helping students to develop themselves into drivers of positive social development. With laughter, Christopher also tells us he was surprised to find himself becoming quite the “social entrepreneur!” (Club Zeitgeist Start-up President; Leader of Student Honors Advisory Council (SHAC); Phi Theta Kappa; Mosaic Student Facilitator; Lead Peer Mentor; Student Ambassador; Academic Planner for Early College; Fundraiser Speaker at Celebrating Paradise and Heroes of Education) “I would have never considered that part of myself before coming to PVCC.”

During his own educational quest here at PVCC, Christopher says he often found himself thinking of these words from Cesar Chavez:

“Once social change begins, it cannot be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore.”