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Student Activist from Oakland Appointed to California’s Board of Education

Gema Quetzal Cardenas, an Oakland student leader, will represent California’s 6.2 million students as the student representative on the state Board of Education.

Cardenas, a junior at Life Academy of Health and Biosciencein the Oakland Unified School District, said she is most concerned about the threat of mass deportation of undocumented students.

“With the rise of the new political climate targeting immigrants and Muslims, the most important issue to me today is the mass deportation of undocumented immigrants,” she said. “My closest friends are undocumented and I am the child of two immigrant parents.”