Sofia Angelina Vita-Casquejo

Master of Arts in Counseling


Outstanding Master's Degree Project


Lake Elsinore, CA

Award Bio

Sofia Vita-Casquejo’s master’s project, Encouraging Belonging and Resilience in Transgender Collegians of Color, offers a combination staff, faculty, and peer mentoring program to help transgender students of color foster a sense of belonging at their university. As their time at SMC comes to an end, they hope to continue their work making higher education more equitable for all students.

"I learned so much from listening to people. And all I knew was, the only thing I had was honesty and openness.”
— Audre Lorde