Hugo - Pitzer College
"Tonight, I stand before you as the descendant of Aztec warriors, a proud barrio nerd who is ready to join fellow Latino first generation college students as we redefine what it means to be a man of color in America."
Johnny - Stanford University
"Hidden behind the smell of fresh pan dulce and a bleary wall of boiling champurrado vapor, my mom tells me “Tu voz es poderosa” (Your voice is powerful)... Whether I try to convince my classmates of how important it is for the U.S. to offer a formal apology for its role in the Salvadoran Civil War in Spanish class or speak firsthand about the necessity for our government to fix our broken immigration system in history class, I try to bring my mother’s gentle strength into my classrooms."
Sunshine - Tufts University
"Being a Latina in a predominantly white, independent school is far from easy... Too brown for the white kids at school and too white for the brown crowd at home; I floated in between... I have navigated my way through the ignorance on each side and become more comfortable straying from the stereotypical image of a Latinx person. I know that wanting to go to college is not “acting white” and that when I do go to Tufts it will be earned and not given “because of Affirmative Action.”