Student Trustee (Non-Voting)
Member, Board of Trustees (2011-2014)
The California State University
Cipriano Vargas is currently pursuing a degree in sociology and women's studies at California State University San Marcos. At CSUSM, Vargas has been a standout student leader since he first arrived on campus in 2009. A first-generation college student, he participated in the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) as a freshman. In his sophomore year Vargas returned as a peer mentor, helping students from farm-working family backgrounds acclimate to the rigors of college life. During the 2011-2012 academic year, Vargas served as the chair of the University Student Union Advisory Board, volunteered as an Orientation Team member, helped spearhead the university's new Civility Campaign and held the position of social justice officer for Associated Students, Inc. (ASI). In May 2012, students elected Vargas to the position of vice president of external affairs for ASI. He is an alumnus of the Vista Future Farmers of America and a current member of CSUSM's Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán student organization.
In 2011, he was the recipient of the "2010 -2011 Sophomore of the Year" Award for all of his contributions as a leader to CSUSM. In 2012, he was awarded the Campus Organization Leader of the Year for his leadership on the University Student Union Advisory Board, and was also recognized as a Civility Champion for his advocacy in creating a better campus environment.
Serving the public is a passion that Vargas plans to make into a career. After he graduates from CSUSM, he plans to attend law school where he'll study constitutional law. He hopes to use his degree as a tool for social change and advocate for higher education.