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We're hiring for the Fall!

posted Aug 28, 2012, 1:12 PM by Andrea Guerrero   [ updated Aug 28, 2012, 4:11 PM ]

Join our dynamic team this fall as we mobilize thousands of voters to the polls, engage community members through social media, and advance our programs on the issues of human rights, educational equity, and tax and fiscal reform. 

Part-Time Civic Engagement Jobs (September 17 to November 6)

  • Canvassers ($12.50/hour)
  • Volunteer coordinator ($14.50/hour)

Fall Internships

  • Civic engagement field operations intern (stipend of $750)
  • Civic engagement new media intern (stipend of $750)
  • Multimedia communications intern (stipend of $750)

Full-Time Staff

  • Executive Assistant (competitive salary)

To Apply:

Review the attached job postings for the position you are interested in, then send an email with any additional information requested in the posting to employment@alliancesd.org. Please do not call the office. We will confirm receipt of your application via email. 

All positions will remain open until filled. If you're interested in any of these, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Don't wait.

Alliance San Diego is an equal opportunity employer that encourages all people to apply. Applicants shall not be discriminated against based on religion, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Help Talk to Parents

posted May 22, 2012, 9:35 PM by Andrea Guerrero   [ updated May 23, 2012, 12:08 AM ]

Seeking volunteers this summer.     

We've reached out to hundreds of parents in one-on-one conversations at 6 schools in the San Diego Unified School District to talk with them about the dreams they have for their children, what it will take for their children to succeed in the 21st century, and their ideas for improving student learning.

We need your help to reach out to parents at more schools in the Lincoln, Morse, Hoover, Crawford, and San Diego High School clusters. Volunteer with our curbside conversation team this summer to talk to elementary and middle school parents at schools that will be in session this summer.

Volunteers will receive a brief training on how to engage parents in one-on-one conversations. This is a great opportunity to work with a top notch team and gather valuable information. Spanish speakers are especially encouraged to volunteer.

Volunteer hours are roughly 8-9 am and 1-4 pm Monday to Friday. Volunteers are invited but not required to volunteer for all shifts. For more information, contact Matt Yagyagan at matthew@equalitysandiego.org.

Help Immigrants become Citizens

posted Apr 25, 2012, 6:07 PM by Andrea Guerrero   [ updated May 23, 2012, 12:11 AM ]

Seeking volunteers on June 2nd. 

The Equality Alliance and its partners in the San Diego Naturalization Collaborative are holding FREE workshops to assist eligible immigrants to become citizens.
Do you know someone ready to become a citizen?
As part of our local You Are America campaign, we will be holding the last of our spring workshops on June 2nd at Cuyamaca Community College in El Cajon. Register now:
This is a great time to apply for citizenship. People who apply by the end of July will likely become citizens in time to register and vote in the November election.

Want to help immigrants become citizens?

We are looking for volunteer community members to help applicants complete forms and for volunteer attorneys to review applications. We invite you to attend one of our volunteer trainings where you will learn about the citizenship process and learn how to assist applicants. This is a rewarding volunteer experience with a great group of people.

Upcoming trainings for volunteers:

  • Thursday, May 24th, 6-9 pm
  • Tuesday, May 29th, 4:30-7:30 pm

Trainings will be held at the Equality Alliance, 3750 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104.

Help Get Out the Vote

posted Apr 25, 2012, 6:01 PM by Andrea Guerrero   [ updated May 31, 2012, 11:19 AM by Chris Wilson ]

Seeking volunteers on June 2nd, 3rd, and 5th.  

On Tuesday, June 5th, California voters will go to the polls to decide 2 ballot measures (cigarette tax and term limits for state legislators
We will also decide who we want to be our mayor, city council member, state legislator, congressional representative and president.  The top two candidates will go on to compete for our vote in the November election. 
The Equality Alliance is currently conducting a non-partisan get-out-the-vote effort. With our team of 20 canvassers working nearly every day, we've already reached out to over 4,000 voters and hope to reach out to another 3,000 in the three days before the election and Election Day.

Here's how you can help. We are recruiting volunteers to walk door-to-door in the City Heights area and in Southeast San Diego to amplify our efforts. We will be encouraging new and infrequent voters in low-income and high-density-communities-of-color neighborhoods to go to the polls.  Based on our results from the last two elections, we know that when we engage voters in our communities, they turn out at the polls at much higher rates than most voters. The personal contact makes the difference. Can you help us contact voters?

Can you volunteer on these days? 
  • Saturday, June 2nd, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Sunday, June 3rd, 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Tuesday, June 5th, 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The June election is very important to the future of San Diego and we want to make sure everyone's voice is heard.

Please RSVP to contactequality@gmail.com. Volunteers will receive a brief training, a T-shirt, and lunch/dinner. This is a great way to gain valuable experience engaging with voters on meaningful participation in local affairs.

Certificates verifying volunteer time are available upon request.

Meet at the Equality Alliance: 3750 30th Street, San Diego, 92104. 

Equality Alliance endorses Millionaire's Tax

posted Feb 13, 2012, 1:34 PM by Andrea Guerrero

The Equality Alliance of San Diego County has endorsed the 
Millionaires Tax of 2012, a progressive tax measure that we hope to qualify for the November 2012 ballot. It asks
 the wealthy, who have benefited so greatly from living in the Golden State, to pay 3-5% more in taxes to reinvest in our future.
The Millionaires Tax of 2012 represents the best in our democracy. It's a people-powered initiative that will create a more equitable tax system. At a time when some of the 1% are lobbying to pass special tax breaks for themselves and to force the middle class to keep paying more and more for less and less, this is a chance for the 99% to take back our democracy.

Read more.

Pulitzer Prize Winner to Keynote All Peoples Breakfast

posted Nov 3, 2011, 12:44 PM by Andrea Guerrero   [ updated Jan 10, 2012, 10:26 AM ]

The Equality Alliance and All Peoples Breakfast Dream Team are thrilled to announce that Jose Antonio Vargas will deliver the keynote speech at the 24th annual event celebrating the living legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mr. Vargas is an award-winning multimedia journalist and is the founder of Define American, a new campaign that seeks to elevate the conversation around immigration.

He's been a journalist for over a decade, writing for some of the most prestigious news organizations in the country. Most recently, he was a senior contributing editor at the Huffington Post, where he launched the Technology and College sections. Prior to that, he covered tech and video game culture, HIV/AIDS, and the 2008 presidential campaign for the Washington Post, and was part of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for covering the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech. His 2006 series on HIV/AIDS in Washington, D.C. inspired a feature-length documentary -- The Other City -- which he co-produced and wrote. It world premiered at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival and aired on Showtime. In 2007, the daily journal Politico named him one of the 50 Politicos To Watch.

News media's evolution, and the breakdown of barriers between print and broadcast journalism, has guided his reporting career. He's written for daily newspapers (Philadelphia Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle) and national magazines (New Yorker, Rolling Stone) and has appeared on CNN, ABC News and PBS NewsHour. On HuffPost, he created the blog Technology as Anthropology, which focuses on tech's impact on people and how we behave. He taught a class on "Storytelling 2.0" at Georgetown University and served on the advisory board for the Knight-Batten Award for Innovations in Journalism, housed at American University. 

Born in the Philippines, he emigrated to the United States at age 12. Stunning the media and political circles and attracting world-wide coverage, Vargas wrote the groundbreaking essay, "My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant," for the New York Times Magazine in the summer of 2011.

A very proud alumnus of Mountain View High School and San Francisco State University, he loves jazz, can't get enough of Ben & Jerry's and worships at the altars of Altman, Almodovar, Didion, Baldwin and Orwell.

He currently lives in New York City.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets for the All Peoples Breakfast.

Education Victory in Sweetwater District

posted Oct 21, 2011, 10:07 AM by Andrea Guerrero   [ updated Oct 21, 2011, 10:08 AM ]

This week, the Equality Alliance and our education allies celebrated a major victory! Over the last several years, the Equality Alliance has led a coalition effort to get school districts in the county to provide all students with the career and college prep curriculum known as the "A-G" course sequence. The A-G courses are rigorous courses that prepare students to pursue a degree at a community college or a university, which 7 out of 10 jobs now require. Currently, only 4 out 10 high school graduates in the county complete the 15 courses that make up the A-G sequence, and access to the courses varies significantly among high schools. But that is changing. 

On Monday, the Sweetwater Union High School District voted 5-0 to align the district's graduation requirements with the A-G course sequence. We congratulate the school board on its leadership and commitment to prepare all students for the 21st century! The new requirements will go into effect beginning with the Class of 2016, this year's 8th graders. Students who have individual learning plans due to special learning challenges will be exempted on a case by case basis.

Sweetwater is the second school district in the county, after San Diego Unified, to adopt the A-G course sequence into its graduation requirements. San Diego Unified did so this past spring. Together these two districts are setting a new standard for area students and have taken a significant step to close the achievement gap and better meet the workforce needs of the region and state. Read coverage of the Sweetwater vote in the Union Tribune. Learn more about our effort to prepare all students for the 21st century at our website, www.educatesandiego.org.

Save the Date - All Peoples Celebration: Jan. 21, 2013

posted Oct 21, 2011, 9:19 AM by Andrea Guerrero   [ updated Jan 4, 2013, 11:40 PM by Ricardo Favela ]

Mark your calendar for the 25th All People Celebration (also known as the All People's Breakfast) celebrating the living legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year, the event will be held at the developing San Diego Public Market, Monday, January 21st, beginning at 9:00 a.m., and will feature freedom rider and San Diego Mayor, Bob Filner, as the keynote speaker. Click here for more information about the event.

Registration is now open. Click here to purchase tickets. 

Congratulations Civic Engagement Trainees!

posted Oct 21, 2011, 9:01 AM by Andrea Guerrero   [ updated Oct 21, 2011, 9:04 AM ]

We have just completed our fall Civic Engagement Academy and celebrate our 20 new "civic engagement specialists" who are trained to engage and mobilize community members in the pursuit of social change. 

Trainees participated in a weekend-long seminar and role-playing academy in which they gained valuable knowledge about the historical impact of community engagement and learned critical communications, leadership, and interpersonal skills. They also learned about best practices for engaging community members and received training on cutting-edge technology used for large-scale engagement.

We are grateful to the Guadalupe Charitable Trust for their support of our fall academy! Their support has made it possible to train a new cohort of emerging community leaders.

Our diverse and multilingual trainees are already putting their skills to use as part of our fall voter engagement program, a four-week program to talk to voters about their views on possible solutions to the state budget crisis. After that, we anticipate they will continue to look for opportunities to engage community members and improve our communities.

Congratulations trainees!

We're hiring!

posted Aug 3, 2011, 5:13 PM by Andrea Guerrero   [ updated Oct 1, 2011, 8:25 AM ]

Job Posting: Educational Equity Fellow


The Equality Alliance of San Diego County is seeking a motivated and dynamic organizer for a one-year fellowship to work with parents and community members to improve student readiness for college and career in low-income communities.  


The Equality Alliance of San Diego County is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that seeks to share knowledge, build power, and mobilize for change around issues of equality. As one of its goals, the Alliance works to advance educational opportunities for all students.


In the past year, the Alliance celebrated a major policy victory with its coalition partners in getting the San Diego school board to change its graduation policy to require that all students complete the curriculum that prepares them for both college and career (this includes the ‘a-g’ sequence and career-technical education courses).  The Alliance seeks an organizer to build on that victory.


The fellow will be supervised by the executive director of the Alliance. Please review the Alliance website [www.equalitysandiego.org] for an understanding of the organization and its educational equity program.



  • Train parents to (1) understand what is required of students to be ready for college and career, (2) evaluate student achievement and school performance, (3) communicate with teachers and administrators, and (4) advocate for their students.
  • Organize parents within and across schools to articulate and advance shared concerns and ideas about improving learning conditions for students.
  • Facilitate parent involvement in a parent-teacher-administrator dialogue about community school reform efforts at select schools. 
  • Represent the Alliance at meetings with schools, school districts and before school boards to advance policy reforms.
  • Work with other Equality Alliance staff to encourage parents and community members to engage in the electoral and other democratic processes. 


  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills.
  • Ability to work in a professional environment.
  • Strong familiarity with online forms of communication.
  • Familiarity with educational equity issues.
  • Experience working with diverse communities in the county.
  • Experience in organizing and/or community education preferred.
  • Spanish language fluency preferred.
  • Ability to get to and from schools and community meetings in different parts of the city and county.
  • Available to work some evenings and weekends.

Salary & Benefits:  Competitive salary (beginning at $30,000) and benefits commensurate with experience.


To Apply:  Send a cover letter, resume and a list of at least 3 references to Andrea Guerrero at andrea@equalitysandiego.org.  The position will be held until filled. Please do not call.


Equal Opportunity Employer:  It is the policy of the Alliance to provide employment opportunities without discrimination based on religion, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, age, gender, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status, or any other basis prohibited by law.  Everyone is encouraged to apply.


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