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Meet Sebastian Cazares

Sebastian Cazares was born in the City of Los Angeles and is a lifelong resident of Los Angeles County. After graduating from Saugus High School, where he served as Rotary Club President and represented the school at the American Legion’s Boys State, Sebastian went on to pursue his college education at College of the Canyons before transferring to UCLA.

At COC, he was elected to and served as the college’s Associated Student Government President. As ASG President, Sebastian presided over a nearly $1 million dollar budget and a variety of services critical to ensuring the success and well-being of the COC community. He also advocated on behalf of students at the California State Capitol in Sacramento and served on the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee for Measures E and M, in addition to being a former intern for the California State Assembly. At times, Cazares served as a proxy for the Santa Clarita Community College District Student Trustee, voting in students’ interests each time. His work in leadership and civically engaging students has also received various accolades.

After graduating from College of the Canyons, Sebastian was inspired to continue his advocacy on behalf of the many people who not only take classes or work at COC, but also rely on the college as a core fixture in the North Los Angeles County community. He knows what life is like as a student and experienced first-hand the life-changing impact of vital COC programs like the First Year Promise program. Now, he wants to bring a variety of voices — not just success stories, but also the experiences of struggling students, hardworking faculty, and the many workers who keep COC running — to the forefront. That’s why he’s running to represent them, as well as the greater COC community, on the Board of Trustees. More than ever, the College of the Canyons community needs and deserves to be empowered and uplifted, and Sebastian is dedicated to improving and advancing his alma mater.

He draws inspiration from his family,  Puerto Ricans from Hawaii since 1901 who were multigenerational military veterans and Mexican braceros who marched with Cesar Chavez in the fight for civil rights, as well as his parents and brother who constantly motivate his work in community service.

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