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CEIS Alumni Returns as Advocate for Students
Undocumented Students Find Campus Advocate in Time of Uncertainty
CEIS Alumnus Mike Manalo-Pedro (’07, behavioral science; gender, ethnic and multicultural studies) was featured on PolyCentric for the work he is doing on campus as the coordinator of Undocumented Student Services.
Mike Manalo-Pedro wears many hats in his role as coordinator of Undocumented Student Services.
He is part advisor, part mentor and part confidante for the approximately 600 self-reported AB-540 students at Cal Poly Pomona, many of them undocumented. AB 540 is a state law exempting eligible students from paying non-resident tuition.
Manalo-Pedro (’07, behavioral science; gender, ethnic and multicultural studies) took on the role in August and says he feels happy to be back on the campus he once called home.
“I always had an eye on Cal Poly Pomona,” he says. “It was always in the back of my mind that when I wanted to come back to higher education, that Cal Poly Pomona would be a good place.”
First, the Chino Hills native had to go out and find his calling after graduation. He worked for a social service agency that assists Filipino Americans and later earned a master’s degree in Asian American studies at San Francisco State. Feeling homesick for Southern California, he returned to take a post with Asian Americans Advancing Justice, a Los Angeles-based civil rights organization.
Read the full story on PolyCentric.