SSU Junior Jesús Guzmán has received the ACLU of Sonoma County's 2014 Mario Savio Student Activist Award at ceremonies recently. Guzmán is an accomplished student and a dedicated social justice activist. He is currently serving as the lead organizer and program manager for the Graton Day Labor Center.
Born in Mexico, he arrived in the United States as a one-year-old and grew up on a small dairy farm in Sonoma County, as the son of a domestic worker and dairyman.
Over the last few years, he founded the DREAM Alliance of Sonoma County and has been organizing with other immigrant youth to increase access to financial aid, DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and fighting to end deportations.
The Mario Savio Student Activist Award was established to recognize a Sonoma County student who has shown a personal commitment to civil liberties, human rights and social justice. The recipient receives $500 from the chapter with the award.
Successful candidates for this award have demonstrated leadership ability, creativity, and integrity in their activism. The recipient should possess the core spirit of moral courage that Mario Savio exemplifies.