Four months ago, Tami Rossell was living out of her van with her three youngest children and parking each night in city-designated safe parking zones. Today, she helps feed the homeless families who were once her neighbors in the lots.
Gig by gig, adjunct faculty teach about half of the classes at California Community Colleges' 115 campuses. As the pandemic drives more students away, these critical part-timers fear losing their jobs.
José Luis Ruiz Arévalos was forced to stay in Mexico two years ago, when U.S. Consulate officers decided that under Trump administration guidance, he was likely to become a "public charge." Since he has been gone, the college plans for three oldest children in his family have unraveled.