Cypress College Student Cueva Selected for Inaugural #RealCollege Student Leadership Advisory Council

For Immediate Release

March 2, 2021

Contact: Marc Posner

(714) 484-7006

Cypress College student Catherine Cueva is one of 23 students nationwide selected as the inaugural cohort of #RealCollege’s Student Leadership Advisory Council. Cueva is the only member from the California Community Colleges and just one of four from the Golden State.

California’s additional selections come from Fresno State University, California Polytechnic State University at Pomona, and the University of California Berkeley. In all, the 23 students attend 19 public institutions, eight community colleges, and four Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Three-quarters of the SLAC members identify as female and 87% are people of color.

Cueva, said she joined the Student Leadership Advisory Council  “to help inform others about food insecurity, especially on college campuses.” Her interest is an extension of her volunteer efforts providing Thanksgiving meals to those in need.

“We are so pleased that Catherine Cueva has been selected to serve on the Student Leadership Advisory Council on behalf of Cypress College and the California community colleges,” Cypress College President JoAnna Schilling, Ph.D. said. “We know she will do a great job. #RealCollege is an effort that aligns strongly with our campus efforts to meet the needs of our students and we are also excited for the opportunity to strengthen this relationship and to tie the work of these 23 extraordinary students with the initiatives we recommend to legislators in California.”

#RealCollege is an initiative from the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice based at Temple University. The effort seeks “to center college students as humans first and increase the availability of supports for their basic needs,” according to the organization. The new Student Leadership Advisory Council seeks to elevate students’ voices in decision making, to highlight the diversity of their institutions, and to introduce the amazing students at these colleges to a broader public.

Cypress College is one of the #RealCollege member institutions.

About Cypress College:

Cypress College offers students a pathway to their future in an environment in which employees commit to joining students on their educational journey. The college’s half-million-plus alumni include actors, athletes, doctors, executives, mechanics, nurses, and teachers. For some, Cypress College is the ticket into their university of choice, and for others, it provides essential training for a prosperous career. Just one Cypress College class is often all it takes to provide cutting-edge skills that lead to a promotion or a new job.

Cypress College’s 16,000 students and the highly qualified teaching faculty are proud of the many excellent academic and vocational programs. Cypress College provides a pathway for each of our students, offering 56 university-transfer majors, 174 career-certificate programs, and degrees in 98 areas of study. The college’s traditional semesters begin in January and August, while short-term courses start throughout the year. A Cypress College education costs $46 per unit — $138 for a typical, full-credit class — California’s lowest tuition. Eligible first-time students qualify for free tuition through Cypress College’s Charger Experience promise program. Financial aid and scholarships are also available to qualifying students.

Cypress College is one of three campuses in the North Orange County Community College District and a member of the 116-campus California Community College system. The college primarily serves the cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, Garden Grove, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach, and Stanton.

Located at 9200 Valley View Street in Cypress, the college is easily accessible from several Southern California freeways, including the 5, 91, 605, 22, and 405. The campus is just a stone’s-throw from Downtown Disney and Knott’s Berry Farm.

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, Cypress College’s instruction and services are offered primarily in a remote format. Students can access support services online at


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