Gwendolyn Primous was raised in Stockton since she was 9 months old. Having been born in Phoenix, Arizona, Gwendolyn’s family moved to Stockton, in 1964, in search of a quality education. Gwendolyn attended the local schools within the Stockton Unified School District (Martin Van Buren, Hamilton Junior High and Thomas Alonzo Edison High School). At the early age of 15 years old, Gwendolyn decided to drop out of school. After 30 years, Gwendolyn re-enrolled at San Joaquin Delta College; there she earned her Associate in Arts Degree in Sociology and soon transferred to the University of the Pacific, where she graduated (May 2013), with honors. She earned her Bachelor Arts Degree in Sociology and a minor degree in Ethnic Studies with a concentration of Race, Class and Gender. Through Gwendolyn’s academic achievement, she was selected to participate in the Washington Semester Program, where she studied at the American University in Washington, DC and interned at a non-profit (LIFT-DC), which combats poverty through meeting the basic needs of the community. In addition, Gwendolyn’s achievements were also noticed by First Lady, Michelle Obama’s staff, and she was offered an invitation to apply as a White House Intern, in the Office of the First Lady.
In addition to Gwendolyn’s academic and internship’s accomplishments, Gwendolyn also earned honors at Pacific, this includes: 2013 Harold S. Jacoby Student Leader Award, the highest leadership award given to a student for outstanding Academics, Leadership and Community Service, which her name is permanently affixed and incased to the wall of the Wendell Phillips Center on Pacific’s campus. She also earned the Center for Community Service Presidential Award for completing over 100 community service hours, while being a full time student. Additionally, she is an inducted member of the Alpha Kappa Delta, International Honor Sociological Society and the Sigma Alpha Pi, National Leadership and Honor Society, and recently selected to receive the Stockton Heroes Award, along with many more honors. Last, Gwendolyn realizes that education is the key to success and the potential solution to combat poverty. Currently, Gwendolyn is committed as the Founder and President of her non-profit (The Dome of Hope), which mission is to Make Hope a Reality, through the four principles of E.T.T.A.: Education . Technology . Trade . Arts. Moreover, she serves as the first intern for the City of Stockton, Vice Mayor, Chritina Fugazi, while completing her last year of Graduate Studies at the University of the Pacific. She is pursuing her Master’s in Education, with Student Affairs and Educational Organizational Administration emphasis, and coupled with serving as a co-adviser of Pacific’s Dome of Hope Club.