CalWORKs Voices Affinity Groups


Using a maximum of 350 words, please share your story by selecting an Affinity Group! The CalWORKs Student Voices Committee identified six affinity groups that allow you an opportunity to best describe your success as a CalWORKs student. Please select one of the six affinity groups and answer an essay question which speaks to your own, individual experience. You are only required to select ONE affinity group from the list below.

 Affinity GroupIs This Me?Essay Question
1.Up, Up, and Away! CalWORKs Superhero Do you have special powers? What makes you a Super Mom or Super Dad, and even a Super Student?Tell us about your superpowers as a student-parent and how the community college CalWORKs program supported you to build and use your superpowers.
2.It Takes a Village!It takes a village to raise a child and support student-parents achieve their educational goals. Do you have a network of people who are part of your "village"?Describe your village. Who is in it and how do you work as a team to support your family, your education, and your success?
3.Career SuperstarDo you have a clear vision for your future career? Is there a career goal that drives you?Tell us about your passion for your field of study and how your determination, along with the help of the community college CalWORKs program, is getting you closer to making your career dream a reality.
4.Proud CalWORKs Dads Only 17% of CalWORKs student-parents are fathers. Are you a CalWORKs dad that rocks? What has been your greatest challenge as a student-father and how has the community college CalWORKs program supported you to succeed?
5.A Whole New World: CalWORKs Students Learning EnglishAre you a CalWORKs student learning English? Did you come to the US from another country? Tell us about your experience of being a college student whose native language is not English. How has the community college CalWORKs Program assisted you in building a strong future for yourself and your family?
6.New Normal: Quarantine EditionHave you had to learn how to be a student and parent in new ways? Describe your transition experience adjusting to the new normal as a student-parent.What has been your greatest challenge this year as a virtual learner and how has the community college CalWORKs program helped you to thrive in a remote environment?


Please direct questions to our CalWORKs Student Voices Chair, Dr. LaTesha Hagler, at



Leticia Campoy, LA City College

LaTesha Hagler, Mt. San Antonio College

Cheryl Sumner-Gonzales, Antelope Valley College

Michael Hopper, LA Harbor College

Delia Orosco, Los Rios College