Bernard Parks

Campus conversation: Edwin Saucedo, USC student body president

Campus conversation: Edwin Saucedo, USC student body president

When Edwin Saucedo first set foot on campus, he doubted his USC classmates would consider him a peer, let alone someone “good enough” to be a voice for all 19,000 undergraduates. His parents had come to the U.S. from Mexico. He was the first in his family to attend college. He could afford USC because of multiple scholarships. His father was deported when he was 13, sparking his drive for social justice. While at South Gate High School, just southeast of USC, he took care of his two younger siblings and helped his mother, who cleaned homes and worked in cosmetics.

A public policy and political science student, Saucedo spends more than 30 hours a week listening to people’s...

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