To my community:

As this organization evolves, expands, and improves, it is imperative for its leadership to step up and produce a plan to organize such actions. As such, within my capacity as President of Valley Scholars College Initiative, I intend to formalize my intentions and vision for this organization. With such intentions, I have developed the Initiatives Plan as an obligation to the Office of President and have constructed this plan to guide the administrative tasks and goals of the organization.


When I founded the organization, I was unsure of so many things, from funding to organizational structure to who I wanted this organization to serve. Since October of 2018, the organization has undergone an array of changes. We have transformed and will continue to transform. We have learned so much and will continue to learn. We have made ourselves present in our community and will continue in these efforts.

Though I was unsure at the beginning of this venture, and though I continue to be unsure, I know one thing: this organization was created to serve its community to the best of its ability and within its values, and it will. Valley Scholars College Initiative exists for Central Valley students. That is why, despite the vast amount of changes we have undergone and will continue to take on, we have maintained this organization’s fundamental value on leadership and administration: students will lead and manage this organization. We have maintained our focus on our target populations. We have partnered with our local schools to ensure that the process is inclusive, professional, and progressive and that our efforts are recognized beyond our organization.

With this in mind, I have crafted three initiatives—in no particular order. The first initiative, “Students Supporting Students,” reflects the core tenets of our impact-making and values as a student-centered organization. The second, “Deepening the Discourse,” focuses on our commitments to accountability and growth. Lastly (but not least of all), the “Crafting an Inclusive Conscience” initiative focuses on inclusivity and our continued dedication to our expanding student target populations.

I have hope for this organization, for its staff, and for our community. I have hope that we can heal from the wrongs of the past. Healing is central to my initiatives; healing from exclusion, healing from division, and healing from being ignored. We can do this, we will do this. Please join me in this endeavor.

With hope and healing,


Julián (he/him)