Scholar Class – 2008-09
Angel was born in Hidalgo Mexico, spent his childhood in Florida and moved to San Francisco with part of his family when he was a teenager. At the age of 17 he became homeless as a result of coming out to his mother. He spent the next year and a half in a shelter while enrolled as a full time student in a community college. Through those hard years he maintained leadership in the LGBTQ community and served as a Youth Commissioner of City and County of San Francisco.
In San Francisco he also worked at La Clinica de La Raza Mental Health Department advocating for LGTQ issues to be included in parenting classes to help challenge taboos in the Latino community. Never losing site of his academic career, Angel transferred to University of California, Berkeley and graduated with a dual degree in political science and psychology and a minor in Education.
Angel is now entering his first year as a law student at Golden Gate Law School. After graduation, he plans to work in a non-profit Mental Health organization serving low-income Latino communities and use his expertise to implement LGBTQ curriculum to encourage awareness and tolerance. He also aspires to continue to proudly represent LGBTQ of color and teach at a community college.
"We are architects of our own destiny" –Angel Rodriguez.