Keila Elica Topete
Keila Topete was a Student Assistant for the Center for Justice, Tolerance, and Community. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in English Literature, and completed a minor in Education.
Before coming to the Center, Keila worked at the East Los Angeles Community Corporation as a Career Advocate. She worked closely with community members interested in job training through the Los Angeles Works for Better Health (LAWBH) program and served as a guide and service point for career preparation resources. Keila also organized and presented workshops for the Boyle Heights community regarding immigrant population issues, and employee rights. She also was an active participant in community organizing and outreach activities.
Her commitment to social justice issues and education brought her to the Center. She brought her experience working with community based organizations to help with publicity, outreach, and logistical work. Being fully bilingual, she proved to be an asset to the Center translating and interpreting community based research data.
Growing up and attending school in underserved communities, she experienced the obstacles our youth faces today and realizes the lack of qualified teachers. Keila’s goal is to become a high school teacher and to work in underserved communities - where she hopes to make a difference in the life of her students. She feels that our youth needs to know that there is a world of opportunities, that someone genuinely cares about their future, believes in them, and that they have potential to succeed.