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Jose Luis Arzola discusses his experience as a migrant in the United States, and his active effort to advocate for and address struggles that the migrant community faces in North Carolina. Arzola reflects how he dreamed of living in the United States ever since he was a child and how he left his life behind in Mexico in order to chase this dream…
Olivia Joyner discusses the community where she grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina. She describes the lack of diversity in her neighborhood, but for her interaction with Hispanic populations through her Spanish-immersion elementary school and volunteering in the clinic her mom worked in. Joyner describes her interest in Mexico and Hispanic culture…
Claire Weintraub, a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, met with Olivia Joyner to discuss her experiences growing up in North Carolina. Claire has lived in Chapel Hill for her life, and observed firsthand the demographic changes in her schools as more and more students from other countries became her classmates. Claire…
Irene Cabrera is a visiting professor of Latin American studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for the 2014-2015 academic year. Cabrera was born in Bogotá, Colombia and has lived in the United States for the past three years to study for her second Masters and to teach at the university level. In this interview, Cabrera…
Janell Smith interviews graduate student Felicia Arriaga in an effort to understand issues of diversity within higher education institutions, specifically as it relates to Latino faculty members. With the hope of becoming a professor, Arriaga is a graduate student in the sociology department at Duke University, where she began her undergraduate…
Kadiatu Hodges shares her perspective on immigrant access to health care in the United States and the political and social barriers that lead to health consequences of Latino immigrants. Having lived in several different nations of the world, including parts of West Africa and Mexico, she has experienced a range of healthcare systems and can…
Jane Smith (pseudonym), speaks about her involvement with issues related to migration, and the broader landscape of student activism work related to immigration in North Carolina. She shares stories from her work with Students United for Immigrant Equality at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her observations on the challenges of…
Emilio Vicente discusses his and his family’s immigration experience as K’iche-speaking Mayans in Guatemala coming to Siler City, North Carolina in 1997. He discusses his early education as the only K’iche speaker in his public schools and feeling different from Spanish-speaking Latinos in his school. He talks about how his family emphasized…
Dr. Robert Landry describes migrating to North Carolina from San Juan, Puerto Rico at the age of 12. He highlights the issues he faced coming to an area with a predominantly black and white population. As a native Spanish-speaker, he describes his struggles learning English in middle and high school. Dr. Landry describes his movement through the…
Emilio Guzman, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, begins by briefly explaining how he ended up there and his areas of academic interest. He describes his family’s transition from Guerrero, Mexico to Winston Salem, North Carolina, as his parents migrated a few years before he and his little sister also moved to the…
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