Sean Flores

2013 to 2014
Placement:
The Advancement Project
Placement Location:
Washington, DC
Mentor:
Jim Eichner (Managing Director, Programs)
Service Interest:
Community development and civil rights
Major:
History
Hometown:
Chino, CA

Berkeley experience:

After transferring from Mt. San Antonio Community College to UC Berkeley, Sean immediately became involved in a number of on-campus organizations working towards social justice, primarily as an advocate for prison reform. The Teach in Prison program was central to his student activism. Initially serving as a tutor for students at the Robert E. Burton Adult School within San Quentin State Penitentiary, Sean later went on to act as President of the program for the remainder of his time as an undergraduate. In this role Sean was responsible for designing a curriculum and facilitating the program’s classroom component, introducing participants to the complexities surrounding mass incarceration. He later went on to be one of the founders for UC Berkeley’s Human Rights of the Incarcerated Coalition, organizing students from other student groups to raise awareness about contemporary criminal justice issues. Through the coalition Sean staged two events in 2012 that engaged thousands of Cal students and brought to campus a dozen partner organizations. Additionally, Sean served as a break leader for an alternative spring break trip to Arizona. Sean coordinated a week’s worth of activities and service with community organizations in Tucson and Phoenix advocating for immigrant rights and alternatives to detention.  

Other service experience:

Beyond subjects of criminal justice, Sean was an active participant in other organizations and programs on the Berkeley campus. Alongside his involvement with Teach in Prison, Sean was also a Bonner Leader, where he interned with the Berkeley Public Education Foundation serving as a volunteer manager. In this role he recruited hundreds of Berkeley students to volunteer in local elementary, middle school, and high schools to work towards closing the local achievement gap. In 2012, Sean then interned at The White House under the Office of Public Engagement. Finally, he spent his extra time mentoring community college students assisting them with the transfer process.  

Post fellowship plans: 

Sean plans to attend law school.

Commitment to service:

"My personal experience with social inequities has shaped my long-term ambition to change the imbalance of social and economic opportunities not only for those closest to me, but also for future generations as a public servant. I believe the most vulnerable among us deserve the same access to justice and I am determined to provide that in the very near future."