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Enrique “Kiki” Zuniga was a counselor at Fullerton College for twenty-five years, encouraging students to find their paths to success. Zuniga was born in his parents’ house in the La Habra farm labor camp known as Campo Colorado- one of thirteen children to immigrants from Guanajuato. He became an activist for the Latino community for one simple reason: he wanted to help those generations who succeeded him to avoid having to face the kinds of problems he had faced as a student in Wilson Grammar School. When that school opened, segregation was still the norm throughout most of Orange County. The school opened its doors in 1919, so that those Mexican students living in the La Habra barrio would have a school to attend.
Zuniga became involved in the Latino community by starting a Chicano Boy Scout troop, counseling gang members in the city of Santa Ana, and becoming the president of his local chapter of The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). During his time as a student at California State University, Fullerton, Zuniga founded Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán– popularly known as M.E.Ch.A., becoming the organization’s first president.
For his accomplishments and encouragement of the Latino student body, the Fullerton College Foundation dedicated a scholarship, named the Enrique “Kiki” Zuniga Scholarship.
Enrique “Kiki” Zuniga, Fullerton College Foundation
Counselor, Fullerton College, 1974-1999
M.A., Community College Counseling, Chapman University
M.L.S., Library Science, California State University, Fullerton
K-12 Bilingual Teaching Credential, University of California, Santa Cruz
First M.E.Ch.A. President, California State University, Fullerton