I’m a second year Santa Rosa Junior College student working towards a B.A. in Journalism and Sociology. Since 2018, I’ve been a staff writer at the college’s student-operated publication The Oak Leaf.
Although my earlier articles focused on honing my voice as a music critic and reviewing lesser-known artists, I discovered my passion for covering social justice issues and using my voice to shine a light on the problems of the unheard.
For example, some of my recent stories explore musicians responding to white nationalism and the reality of California gun access. Moving forward, I’ll focus on taking abstract systematic problems like prison industrial complex, the criminal justice system, gender inequity and racism; and making them concrete through the experiences of marginalized community members.
Being a journalist, to me, provides a unique opportunity to humanize the folks behind statistics and inspire change once people care about their plight.