Jesus Macias: Riverside, CA

Foremost, Jesus thanks God for blessing and continually being there for him.

Jesus would like to thank the Coelho Center at Loyola Law School for selecting him for the 2019-2020 fellowship class. He is honored and grateful for the opportunity. Jesus would also like to thank his professors, mentors, and family members for supporting him.

Jesus Macias is a LatinX senior hailing from California State University, Fullerton. He plans to graduate in Spring 2020 with a triple concentration in Social Inequalities, Deviance and Crime, and Health and Social Welfare. His previous research, motivated by his unyielding desire to remain physically active despite his vision loss, focused on programs that used physical activity to increase the quality of life for people living with visual impairments. Jesus’ current research, motivated by his personal struggles navigating higher education, observes how the legal discourse influences the experiences of people living with visual impairments as they transition to higher education. As a student who understands vision loss firsthand, Jesus strives to fight for people with visual impairments or blindness by being an activist.

One of Jesus’ future goals is to implement a program that assists students with visual impairments or blindness as they transition to higher education. This program will teach skills specific for the blind such as braille and orientation and mobility, academic skills such as self-advocacy and utilizing remaining vision, and social skills such as building a resume and networking as a student with visual impairment. Ultimately, Jesus aims to revolutionize the world of the blind by making academics, sports, and life more accessible. The Coelho Center Law Fellowship is the first of many steps in his journey forward.