Chicano/Mexican American/Mexican

Elvia Niebla, PhD

I always had an interest in outdoor life and improving the world around me. I was the youngest of four siblings growing up in Nogales, Arizona. When I started school, science became my favorite subject. In junior high and high school, I had to make an...
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Eloy Rodriguez, PhD

My birthplace is Edinburgh, Texas. My mother’s family goes back many generations in Texas, and my father is from Mexico. I have one brother and two sisters, who are all younger than I. I grew up Chicano and bilingual within a strong matriarchal system,...
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Elba Serrano, PhD

World culture has shaped much of who I am. I was born in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. My father was a career sergeant and Vietnam veteran in the US military, and we were posted to new assignments on a regular basis. By the age of 11, I had lived in Puerto...
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Concha Gomez, PhD

Many people who set high goals for themselves and reach them can tell you that a clear objective, determination, and support from loved ones got them were they are. I cannot. I had none of this support early in life. My father did not foster career-oriented...
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Eugene Vigil, PhD

Where I grew up in Chicago, being of Latino and Navajo descent was not much of a factor in terms of how I thought of myself or my abilities because my neighborhood was a very diverse place. My attitude was to not allow ethnicity to become an issue. The...
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