My name is Najla Gomez Rodriguez. Originally from Mexico City and more recently from San Jose, CA, I am ambitious, honest, and family-oriented. I am studying Civil Engineering, and am interested in urban planning. As a low-income student who attended a majority-minority high school in East San Jose, and saw many of her friends tracked out of advanced placement classes and into the juvenile justice system, the issue of educational justice hits close to home. I have seen the effects of budget cuts and meritocracy limit the potential of my friends and family, and I see this ASB as an opportunity to share and grow with a group of Stanford students who care to learn more about this injustice. During my time at Stanford I have been highly involved with activities and student groups including MEChA, Admit Weekend, Sigma Theta Psi Multicultural Sorority, and FLIP (Stanford’s First-Generation and/or Low-Income Partnership). I am messy, loud, self-confident, reassuring, and optimistic. I object to binaries, war, and incarceration. I believe in social justice, true love, and freedom.