Compton Center ASB president aspiring leader
El Camino College Compton Center ASB president Joshua Jackson says experience humbling, inspiring COMPTON – For Joshua Jackson, serving this year as El Camino College Compton Center Associated Student Body president has been a humbling and
El Camino College Compton Center ASB president Joshua Jackson says experience humbling, inspiring
COMPTON – For Joshua Jackson, serving this year as El Camino College Compton Center Associated Student Body president has been a humbling and inspiring learning experience.
“One of the things I’ve realized is that issues you advocate for – whether to help the homeless or increase student retention – you articulate their needs,” the 20-year-old Carson resident said. “Often leaders look at issues as, ‘how can I solve them,’ but it’s a group effort – not one individual. It’s been a humbling experience.”
Recently appointed to the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, Jackson is taking on yet a new position to add to his impressive resume of student activities in his two-and-a-half years at Compton Center. They include the First Year Experience for highly motivated students, membership in organizations such as the Multi-Cultural Alliance and Brothers and Sisters Club, and now student government as the 2016-17 ASB president. On top of all that, he works 16 hours a week in the First Year Experience office and maintains a B-plus average in academics.
And though Jackson has only served a half term in office, he has achieved several accomplishments. Perhaps most impressive is that he and ASB Vice President Dayshawn J. Lowden convinced ECC Compton Center Provost/CEO Dr. Keith Curry to launch the Homeless Student Initiative at the beginning of the academic year.
“An hour after we were sworn in as ASB president and vice president, we brought 30 homeless students to Dr. Curry’s office so he could learn more about their problems and challenges,” Jackson said.
A free towel and soap in the gymnasium locker rooms was the first project implemented under the initiative. Jackson said he is hopeful the campus will open a food pantry before the end of the school year.
In addition, the Student Homeless Task Force, which Jackson co-chairs, is reaching out to students in need to inform them of services the college offers such as financial aid, veterans assistance, and directing homeless students to food banks, free meal programs, and temporary housing.
Jackson said the rewards of serving as ASB president often happen at a personal level. For example, he met an incoming freshman on New Student Welcome Day, who told him he was planning to quit college before starting because he was having difficulty registering for classes. Jackson helped the student with enrollment and acquire a campus job, to boot.
One of seven children and a 2014 graduate of Rancho Dominguez Preparatory School in Long Beach, Jackson hadn’t planned to attend college. He wanted to help support his family, which had fallen on hard times.
“But my mother told me to go to school or get out of the house,” he said.
Jackson complied with the directive and will graduate this spring. He has applied for transfer to UCLA, UC Berkeley, and UC Irvine and seeks to major in political science.