Educational Opportunity Program

Student Success Stories

Darlene Franklin

Darlene Franklin
San Francisco State University '11
Graduate Student at SFSU, Microbiology

A migrant from Trinidad and Tobago, Darleen began her college education at City College of San Francisco, where she first joined the EOP program. With her supportive husband & sons at her side, Darleen is the first in her family to earn her B. Sc. degree at SFSU. Her community service includes co-founding the Parent Exchange Program (P.E.P.) at CCSF Family Resource Center. In 2011 she tested the BART seats and the results were published in the New York Times. This story was a major role player in BART's move to change the seat covers come 2012. In Dec 2011, she tested SF school drinking water with Youth Radio of Oakland and this was aired in online National Geographic. The first student from SFSU to have won a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the prestigious American Society of Plant Biologists, she is currently completing her M. Sc. in Microbiology at SFSU.

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