Ericka Flores

Ericka Flores

Organizing Director


Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ)

Jurupa Valley, CA USA


You have to live your purpose. Life is really, really, really short and you should live your life according to what you want to do.

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Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
I am a first-generation immigrant and raised by a single mother—as a result, I experienced housing inequality, which led to us moving a lot.
I attended five different high schools in a variety of communities before we eventually settled in San Bernardino County in California.
When I was a junior in high school, I discovered that I was undocumented and a DACA recipient, which greatly impacted my options for attending college.
Determined to not let that hold me back, I started attending San Bernardino Valley College after high school and earned my associate’s degree in liberal studies.
Due to my undocumented status and financial troubles, it took eight years before I was able to attend California State University, San Bernardino, where I earned my bachelor’s degree in sociology.
After becoming aware of the environmental, racial, and social injustices in San Bernardino County, I started becoming more involved in my local community.
I began working at the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ), where I organize and help educate community leaders on the issues in order to impact policy decisions.
Through this work, I became passionate about the law and am now pursuing my law degree.
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Education

High School
Associate's Degree
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
San Bernardino Valley College
Bachelor
Sociology
California State University, San Bernardino

Career

Organizing Director

I am an advocate for intersectional social justice movements and environmental justice issues.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Environment & Nature
Non-Profit Organizations
Upholding a Cause and Belief

Day to Day

I work primarily on environmental justice (EJ) issues by working with communities that are directly impacted. Here in San Bernardino, this community has been mainly been impacted by the logistics industry and goods movement. I organize and help educate community leaders on the issues in order to impact policy decisions. Our end goal through our various programs and initiatives is to build community power.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You need to be connected to your community and know the issues. Get involved in any way that you can and be an advocate.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for high school students

Don't be afraid to ask people for help and guidance. Always advocate for yourself and what you want. Do things that scare you and constantly seek to challenge yourself. Seek out community groups that can give you support.

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

From Teachers:

"You're an illegal immigrant, so you can't go to college."

Challenges I Overcame

Socio-Economic Origin
School Stress
Financial