AASCU Graduates: The Difference We Make

Cristina Miranda

Cristina Miranda

Graduation Year: 2011
Degree Earned: B.A. Sociology
Institution: California State University Channel Islands

A foster child who entered the system at 14 and bounced from school to school, Miranda said she “barely graduated” and had no intention of going to college. She earned a B.A. in sociology in 2011 while working full time as a shelter youth advocate, president of a foster advocacy group, and raising her daughter as a single mother. Miranda continues her work as a youth policy advocate for Casa Pacifica, the shelter where she spent a year as a foster child.