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Student Success Spotlights

Angie Espinoza
Student Leader — A.S. Chief Justice, Class of 2020


 

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Associated Students, Student Success Stories

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Scenes of Angie Espinoza attending a meeting and working a food pantry.

Scene of Angie speaking to the camera in a Associated Students office

Angie Espinoza:

“Hello everyone, my name is Angie Espinoza, I’m the current Chief Justice for Associated Students.”

 “Being a part of Associated Students has completely transformed the person that I am and my experience here at SDSU.”

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Scene of Angie speaking in front of Hepner Hall with fellow students. Scene of Angie walking in the Aztec Student Union.

Angie Espinoza:

“I am more confident, I’m not afraid to enter different spaces, and I know that there’s leadership qualities that I have to offer in that I can pass onto the next generation.”

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Scene of Angie attending a meeting.

Various scene of the Aztec Student Union, filled with students.

Angie Espinoza:

“And so I think coming here, I really didn’t know what type of person I was going to be. Obviously just being straight out of high school, being first generation, being a woman of color, you don’t really know where your place is at.”

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Scene of Angie speaking in an office setting with fellow students. Various scenes of Angie walking through the Associated Student Office, greeting fellow students and interacting with staff.

Angie Espinoza:

“Yet, you come into this place, you come into this events, this office, and you’re embracing this whole new level of who you can be. So that is just incredibly exciting to know that, you found yourself in a place where everyone else loves you and empowers you to be the best version of yourself.”

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Various scenes of Angie interacting with fellow students.

Angie Espinoza:

“So I think the most defining experience of my A.S. journey was getting appointed Chief Justice. I think the time I got appointed was just incredible because I was the only female chair out of all the main councils and so for me to be a woman of color and to be in this position of impact and influence and to make sure that I could support my fellow leaders is just absolutely incredible.”

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Various scenes of Angie leading a meeting in Council of Chambers, Aztec Student Union and participating other meetings in a office setting.

Angie Espinoza:

“In addition to my role of Chief Justice, I decided to challenge how hunger impacts students on campus so I work with the A.S. food pantry and Aztecs Rock Hunger Leadership team.”

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Scenes of Angie working for the A.S. Food Pantry and Aztecs Rock Hunger.

Angie Espinoza:

“Through our work there, we’re assuring that we adjust basic needs for students who are facing food insecurity and housing insecurity.”

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Scene of Angie working in loading dock organizing food baskets.

Angie Espinoza:

“If I had one piece of advice for students looking to get involved, it would be to introduce yourself to others, be open to new experiences, and don’t really set expectations for yourself for the experience, let the experience transform you.”

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Scenes of a variety of campus events illustrating different experiences SDSU has to offer.

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Angelica Espinoza is a force to be reckoned with.  As a third year international security and conflict resolution major and the Chief Justice for Associated Students, she is a powerful woman with strong principles and aspirations.

As the daughter of two Mexican immigrants, Angie has always strived to be the best she can be and to pursue higher education. As she says, it was her parent’s dream for their children to have a better life and to accomplish more than they ever could. Angie, as a first-generation college student, is certainly fulfilling their dream.

Angie holds an important position in Associated Students and affects the organization greatly, but Associated Students also affects her. As a commuter student Angie believes, “I would have been one of those typical students who just goes home and to class but being here and being a part of A.S. makes me feel like I'm creating a bigger impact and doing the school a service by helping out and empowering others.” Associated Students provided Angie opportunities to get involved on campus through boards, committees and initiatives and positively impacted her SDSU experience.

Associated Students has also provided Angie with new opportunities she would have never experienced without the organization. “I feel like A.S. puts me in groups of people who have a lifetime of knowledge and different pathways of life and I’m allowed to collaborate with these people on different projects. Whether it be Rock the Vote, the A.S. Food Pantry or Aztecs Rock Hunger or just different councils and commissions, Associated Students has allowed me to see what beautiful things we can produce if we work as a team,” she said.

Angie “would like to empower groups that have historically been marginalized or underrepresented at SDSU. I want to invite them in and allow them to see the work that Associated Students does through the A.S. Student Diversity Committee and other outlets. We should celebrate them and the effort that they put into campus and make sure everyone is included in the dialogue.”

Angie feels “Associated Students offers students a place to succeed whether it be through the Aztec Recreation Center for personal health or through employment for professional skills. A.S. really connects students to campus. There are a multitude of opportunities and resources and avenues of opportunity and support that we don't really find often in other places. Be sure to introduce yourself to others, be open to new experiences and don’t set expectations for yourself but rather let your experience transform you.”