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Episode 26 – From Invisible to Remarkable!

First Generation - One of Many 07/12/2021 387

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    Episode 26 – From Invisible to Remarkable!
    First Generation - One of Many

From Invisible to Remarkable!

Higher education is made up of various people with numerous experiences. Many people’s experiences are not visible and often silenced. However, these experiences are impactful and with the right support can provide students opportunities to thrive and be heard. Join on this episode to learn more about students with foster and unaccompanied homeless experiences. 

Our Guests

Benito Gutierrez

Benito is a PATH Scholar and transfer student from Butte College. He is a Humanities major and has been on the dean’s list, with a 4.0 GPA last semester. As a former foster youth, Benito experienced group home placements and the criminal justice system and is passionate about helping others successfully navigate similar challenges. He started the program Ascending Scholars at Butte College and is working on starting Project Rebound at Chico State, both with the goal of supporting students transition successfully from incarceration to reaching their higher education goals. 

Dawn Carini

Dawn claims Willows, CA as her hometown Go Honkers! Dawn is a first generation college graduate raised the the small town of Willows, California. She obtained her BA in Psychology at Chico State in 2005 and came back for her Master’s in Social Work, graduating in 2009. After over a decade working in the Child Welfare setting and three years teaching Social Work at the Chico State, Dawn followed her love of Chico State and her passion for helping former foster youth overcome challenges to reach their higher ed goals, joining the PATH Scholars team as an advisor in 2020. She works with some of the most amazing students and loves collaborating with others on campus to make sure students are connected, supported, and ready to slay their goals. 

Marina Lomeli-Fox

Marina Lomeli-Fox is a local from Butte County, hometown of good ol’ Gridley Her parents were immigrants from Mexico, and like many families, wanted to start a better life in the United States for their children. Marina is first generation college graduate and the only one in her family to get a college degree. A Chico State and EOP alum, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social work in 1998, and returned years later obtaining her Master’s in Social Work at Chico State in 2015. Currently, Marina is the Program Coordinator for PATH Scholars which is our campus support program for students with a foster care and/or unaccompanied homeless experience. 



Resources & Recommendations:

Chico State PATH Scholars – Promoting Achievement Through Hope  

Welcome Baskets for Students – PATH Scholars Amazon Wish List  

Book – The Body Keeps the Score by Besser Van der Kolk  

Movie – Removed 

Book – The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh 

May is National Foster Care Month 

A community to helping children and youth in foster care get the resources and opportunities they need to become successful, independent adults. 

Children’s Home Society 

CHS serves children and families throughout California, with seven offices dedicated to providing high-quality programs to those in need. 

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