Lizbeth Mateo just made history! The Oaxaca native, who moved to the Unites States at age 14 without documentation, has just been appointed for a state wide committee that will help low-income students. This is the first time, according to The Washington Post, that an undocumented immigrant has been appointed to a statewide committee.
Mateo’s committee position at California Student Opportunity and Access Program Project Grant Advisory Committee (Cal-Soap) will entail helping low-income students have accessibility to gain a college education. Sen. Kevin de León (D-LA) appointed Mateo in her new role this week.
“While Donald Trump fixates on walls, California will continue to concentrate on opportunities,” de León said in a news release, according to the Sacramento Bee. “Ms. Mateo is a courageous, determined and intelligent young woman who at great personal risk has dedicated herself to fight for those seeking their rightful place in this country.”
Mateo’s accomplishments also include a law degree from Santa Clara University. According to The Washington Post, she passed the California State Bar exam last year and has a private practice in Southern California.
Gracias Jacqueline Garcia de la @LaOpinionLA por esta entrevista!
"Por su propio estatus, Mateo espera que su oficina sea un lugar que ofrezca servicios de calidad humana sin criticar."https://t.co/igCdLjrbIH
— Law Offices of Lizbeth Mateo, P.C. (@mateolaw) March 6, 2018
On Twitter, Mateo told de León, “Thank you Sen.
@kdeleon for appointing me to the CalSOAP Advisory Committee. I look forward to working w/ the rest of the committee & the Student Aid Commission in such important task – increase the accessibility of postsecondary education opportunities for low-income students.”
About her new role, Mateo tweeted about how she has been in the same position that many students are currently in and she’s hoping to help them achieve their goals.
#lawschool I often wondered if I was fit to be in #lawjournal, #mootcourt because not many people with my same background did. I always went for it because even if I felt inadequate I thought I could add something of value. I hope to do the same w/ @StudentAidCommission. #undocumentedunafraid”