Q&A: 63-Year-Old CSUB Professor Walks 285 Miles for his DREAMER Students

Sep. 21, 2013 / By



By Daniel Jimenez for South Kern Sol

On Labor Day, thousands of activists came together in Bakersfield to welcome 15 individuals, who walked 285 miles in 21 days from Sacramento to Bakersfield to advocate for immigration reform for the more than 11 million undocumented immigrants living in this country.

Dr. Gonzalo Santos was one of the “pilgrims” who walked this journey. Dr. Santos, 63, is a well-known social science and social justice professor at California State University Bakersfield, He has been teaching at CSUB since 1992. Dr. Santos is also a social activist, a husband, and a father of three.

Dr. Santos walked from Bakersfield to Sacramento with 14 fellow activists to demand that Bakersfield Congressman, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, vote for immigration reform in Washington DC. The goal of the pilgrimage was raise the moral question in the immigration reform debate.

South Kern Sol interviewed Dr. Santos to learn about his motives for walking, his thoughts, and experiences during the walk.

Read the interview at South Kern Sol