Last week I was invited to attend a community forum for school and college board candidates hosted by Milenio and Voz Hispana, which was aimed at addressing the importance of Latino parental involvement in education.
It was inspiring to hear the stories of Latino parents, educators, and students and how they were fighting to overcome barriers to education such as language, the school environment, and immigration. Candidates had the opportunity to hear the testimonials and then speak at the end of the program based on the stories we heard.
My story is one that started in Guanajuato Mexico. My father came to the US as an undocumented worker in the mid-1970s. He met my mom, married, and later attained citizenship, but he lived his first years in fear of deportation. As the son of a once undocumented Latino, I am proud that PCC was the first community college in Oregon to adopt sanctuary status. And as the first person in my family to go to college, I know how difficult it can be to navigate the educational system and how easy it is to fall through the cracks.
This is why I am running for PCC Board of Directors for Zone 5. I want to make sure that our students are not left behind and that they get the support, mentorship and advising they need for academic success.
I was honored to be invited to this event by Juan Rogel, founder of Milenio. Juan is a strong, passionate, charismatic community organizer and I am so proud to have his endorsement of my campaign.
Thanks to Juan, Milenio, and Voz Hispana Cambio Comunitario for organizing this policy network event to foster civic engagement and collaboration, and to connect activists, organizers, and community members with one another.