CalWORKs Voices Affinity Groups


This year, our story and scholarship program is reaching out to embrace all forms of CalWORKs student success. Students now have the opportunity to choose their own affinity group and answer an essay question which speaks to their own, individual experience.

 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.Super Size Me! Academic ExcellenceAcademic excellence comes in all sizes. Does your academic excellence motivate you?Describe the shape and size of your academic excellence. What has it taken for you to achieve your academic goals and how has the community college CalWORKs program supported you to build a strong future for yourself and your family?
5.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?
6.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?


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


Margaret Antonio-Palomares, Long Beach City College
Sheryl Ashley, Cuyamaca College
Juan Camacho, LA Southwest College
Leticia Campoy, LA City College
Kate Coleman, Mira Costa College
Aarin Edwards, Glendale Community College
Nadia Elwood, Shasta College
Carlos Flores Morejon, West LA College
LaTesha Hagler, Mt. San Antonio College
Ruth Hansen, Butte College
Rajdeep Johal, Woodland Community College
La Denta Smith, Merced College
Cheryl Sumner-Gonzales, Antelope Valley College
Hilly Wallis, Shasta College