ASO President Christian Sanchez Prioritizes Student Success, Mentorship

When Christian Sanchez started as a student for the third time at Southwestern College in the summer of 2018, he was unsure of his academic future and had no interest in being involved on campus. Sanchez had enrolled in Southwestern College twice before, but both...

Southwestern College’s EOPS Largest in California

Matthew Manrique, a biology major, is one of thousands of students supported by EOPS through book services, dedicated counseling, priority registration and more.
For students like Matthew Manrique, Southwestern College’s Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is critical to his success as a student. Manrique, his mom and brother left Colombia three years ago because of scarce job opportunities and almost no higher education opportunities for folks...

MAMS‌ ‌Club‌ ‌Creates‌ ‌Community,‌ ‌Support‌ ‌for‌ ‌Student-Mothers

Photo of Anna Sanchez
One day, Anna Sanchez was walking through Southwestern College to drop something off to her fellow-student/husband when she was having a tough time with her youngest child. They had a public outburst and caused a scene on campus, and Sanchez was feeling a little...

CHEL Learning Community Gives LGBTQIA+ Students Specialized Education, Dedicated Support

A Zoom class of Southwestern College's CHEL learning community.
For decades, Southwestern College’s learning communities have created unique and equity-focused education and opportunities for Southwestern College students.  This fall semester, Southwestern College added one more student learning community to expand its mission to build community and advance equity inside and outside the classroom. CHEL...

Southwestern College Expands Basic Needs Support for Students

A person handing out free meals during a drive-up event.
Southwestern College is expanding its basic needs support for students at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed many inequities and insecurities affecting students and their success. Under the umbrella of SWC Cares and a new basic needs coordinator, Southwestern College is strengthening...

Southwestern College Debate Students Make History, Participate in Prestigious Tournament

Joaquin Arreola and Khamani Griffin on the Southwestern College Chula Vista campus.
It was literally history in the making when Southwestern College students Joaquin Arreola and Khamani Griffin sent the Southwestern College debate team to this year’s 75th National Debate Tournament. The team of Arreola and Griffin received a second-round bid to the invitation-only tournament and...

Original Chicano Park Muralist Salvador Barajas Awarded 2021 Honorary Degree

Almost 50 years ago, in 1974, Salvador Barajas and a group of muralists changed the fabric of Chicano Park forever. Before Chicano Park was a tourist attraction for people all over the world, it was an underfunded community park with gray pillars ready to...