San Francisco State University College of Ethnic Studies
43rd Anniversary and Annual Program
2012 Exemplary Leadership Awards
The annual Exemplary Leadership Awards are given to individuals and organizations who embody the social justice values of the movements that gave birth to the College of Ethnic Studies, and who continue to serve our communities today.
Raúl Alcaraz Ochoa
Born in Jalisco, México 29 years ago to two loving parents, Raúl Alcaraz Ochoa believes in the power of community organizing. He grew up in Richmond, CA where his struggles as a migrant child fuel his passion for social justice and community power. Raúl has organized around educational justice, youth power, queer justice and migrant rights issues. After graduating from the Raza Studies Dept in the College of Ethnic Studies at SFSU in 2006, Raúl moved to the desert/borderlands of Tucson, AZ to continue organizing around community and migrant justice. Raúl has organized with Youth Together, Making Changes Freedom School, UNIDOS,
Corazón de Tucson, the Southside Worker Center and the National Day Labor Organizing Network. Evident in his work, Raúl imagines a world free of borders and oppression and continuously struggles towards creating a world where many worlds fit.