Patricia Medellin Gomez-Elizondo, 2010 R. Dudley Boyce Outstanding Student

After twelve years in the workforce and a painful divorce, Patricia returned to school and is an excellent student with a passion to succeed. Today she is a doting, loving mother to her son, and is a conscientious social activist who is committed to leading herself and others to make her community and the world a better, peaceful place. Thoroughly involved in social causes, Patricia seeks organizations and activities that allow her to help others, which instills in her inspiration and appreciation for diversity.

Her campus involvement includes activities with the Puente Program, Alpha Gamma Sigma Honor Society, and the Peace, Mind and Body Club. Her community work includes working with children at Bethune, a transitional homeless shelter, helping with the “pay it forward” campaigns with Be the Cause, reading to children in local elementary schools through Project Page Turner, fundraising for families in need with Adopt a Family for the Holidays, and raising funds for schools supplies for children in Uganda with Invisible Children.  In addition to all of this, Patricia stays involved with her son’s education as a part of the Parent Teacher Organization and a volunteer with Pony Baseball.

At the 2010 Scholarships and Awards Ceremony, Patricia was awarded 10 scholarships, including the R. Dudley Boyce Outstanding Student Award. This award was named after the 1st Golden West College President and the recipient is the student speaker at the Graduation ceremony.

Patricia plans to become an attorney for the public school systems with the goal to change and implement laws for the betterment of education. She is also interested in teaching part-time. She intends to influence others, as described in her own words, “to have compassion, to commit positive selfless acts, and to resolve issues through non-violence using skillful communication.”