Haley Turner, Communications Assistant for The Hope Center for College, Community & Justice

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In beginning of my first semester freshman year of college, one of my first priorities was to find a job.

I was relieved to land a job as a lifeguard at our on-campus swimming facility. Through a combination of that position, waitressing and a great internship, I was able to afford four years of undergraduate study. Being able to work paying jobs through college provided me with the finances that I needed for extra food and activities to enjoy my friends on the weekends. However, not all…


Dr. Keith Curry is President/CEO of Compton College and CEO of Compton Community College District

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Every morning, I listen to the song “Pursuit of Happiness” by Kid Cudi. Throughout my workday, I continue to recite the following lyrics from this song:

“I’m on the pursuit of happiness, and I know
Everything that shine ain’t always gonna be gold
Hey, I’ll be fine once I get it
I’ll be good”

Since I was an undergraduate student at the University of California, Santa Cruz (Oakes College, just saying), I have been on a pursuit of happiness in support of students’ success, particularly for students who have been historically underserved because of systemic racism in this country. My…

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