Advocacy Committee

The foundation and mission of the Advocacy Committee is to actively learn and implement action as an activist. Our role is to support MANA de San Diego, organizations and groups that seek our input on issues that impact our members, families and community. MANA de San Diego is a 501c3, acts independently in advocating for a greater presence in vital conversations for issues facing our communities and the demographic we serve. We are committed to work in the best interest of our members and community.

Endorsement Request

If you would like to request an Endorsement and/or Letter of Support from MANA de San Diego for a cause your organization is looking to advance, please complete the following form and submit to: advocacy@manasd.org.  You will receive an “auto-reply” letting you know that your request has been received and a MANA staff/committee member will follow up with you, once a decision has been made on your request.

MANA de San Diego Priority Issues

Organizational Background

For 35 years MANA de San Diego has worked on building a beloved community of support to empower Latinas through education, leadership development, community service, and advocacy. From seventh grade to retirement our purpose is for Latinas to reach upward economic mobility and their full potential.

Priority Issues

MANA de San Diego has identified the following priority issues:

1) School funding for equitable college preparedness to include access to dual enrollment courses. Only 44% of Latinx graduates were supported to successfully complete the A-G courses.

2) Latina Pay Gap. Latinas Typically Earn $0.43 less than non-hispanic white men. Latinas will need to work 33 years longer than white men to achieve the same lifetime earnings. The average Latina will lose over $1,121,440 over the course of her career due to the pay gap.

3) Caregiving, to include child and elder care.

Statewide Statistics

  • The original Cal Grant award in 1969 was $900, equal to $6,200 in 2015 dollars. Today, it is just $1,656.
  • Low-income students without financial aid have a 52% chance of dropping out.
  • The Cal Grant program covers only 8% of costs for community college students but up to 43% of costs for UC or CSU due to the current funding formula.
  • In 2010, Latinos became largest group in the community college system yet on average only 4 out of 100 will end up completing a degree or transferring.

District Statistics

  • Nearly 60% of Oakland graduates were not eligible for admission to CSU or UC in 2011; thereby increasing the likelihood that many enrolled in a community college, if at all.
  • Minority enrollment at community colleges in the district is 78%, higher than the state average of 71%.
  • Only 42% of the students who attend a community college in the district obtain a degree or transferred to a university; below the statewide average of 47%.

Related Legislation

  • AB 1721 expands on already existing frameworks and awards to expand financial support for students that will go towards the costs beyond tuition that generally compromise the bulk of college costs
  • AB 8100
  • S240

Help us help Latinas achieve success

Together, through our mentorship programs, scholarships and leadership events, we can make a positive difference in the Latino community.