Sacramento City College English professor Jesus Limon-Guzman has been invited by Congresswoman Doris Matsui to be her guest at the State of the Union Address in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Professor Limon-Guzman met Congresswoman Matsui along with current Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi last year at CSUS’s #DefendDACA event where he spoke out publicly about his experience as an immigrant from Mexico and a DACA recipient. Aware of the fact that many undocumented individuals fear deportation, and thus avoid enrolling in college for fear of being tracked down, Professor Limon-Guzman has taken action to stand up and serve as a supportive voice for those who are living in silence.
The path to Professor Limon-Guzman’s career at SCC began not with teaching but with sitting in the desks of these classrooms as a student. He showed up to learn, oftentimes tired from working late nights to pay for his own tuition since he didn’t qualify for the BOG fee waiver or Cal Grant. As a community college student, he helped his peers with writing outside of their classes in a small space shared with him by counselors Keith Muraki and Juan LaChica, which fed the early flames of the RISE program at SCC. He later transferred to CSUS where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English, all the while volunteering his time at SCC in multiple capacities to help students like himself clear the many confusing hurdles of higher education to arrive at their own goals.
Most recently, Professor Limon-Guzman’s work in the immigrant community has involved leading special Dreamer projects at CSUS, including a creative narrative project, a first-year Dreamer experience, and a transfer Dreamer experience. He’s also supported the Dreamer after-school program at his alma mater, Luther Burbank High School. At SCC, he’s participated in the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities trip to Washington, D.C. for the past three years, which empowers Dreamers through federal government advocacy. He also recently co-authored an article for the Berkeley Review of Education with EOPS counselor Adam Freas, entitled “Made You Look: Reflecting on the Trump Election and Patterns of False Response,” detailing some of his experience related to being a DACA recipient in today’s political climate.
We are proud of his commitment to our students, and we thank him for his love and steadfast dedication to and support of people in our community.