As a community college counselor Seranda Bray understands the barriers many students face when navigating college. And as a first-generation college graduate herself, Seranda understands these barriers more personally than most. Her own struggle coming from an economically disadvantaged background pushed her to give back to her community and support other students facing similar obstacles. For Seranda, the desire to foster educational equity and access to higher education “have long been passions. Being a counselor, I get to live out these passions on a daily basis.”
Currently enrolled in the College of Education’s Educational Leadership program, Seranda chose the program because, “it will position [her] to be a better educational leader with a lens towards social justice.”
Seranda’s motivation toward educational equity and supporting first-generation students was recently highlighted in PBS’s “Inside California Education”. The episode, which has not yet aired in southern California shares Seranda’s work as a counselor at El Camino College.