Hey y’all ! Welcome to the Race and Oral History in San Diego class. HIUS 120 is definitely one of my favorite courses that I have taken at UCSD. It is not like your traditional class where you attend lecture and take exams. Instead it is a class where you are able to do much of the learning and work out in the community. This class and its assignments can become time consuming however I found that doing assignments ahead of time is best. It can become extremely overwhelming if you procrastinate! Also make sure to meet with your community partner as soon as youRead More →

This past Monday was my last day at BLCI and it was a bittersweet moment. For this last workshop the high school specialist encouraged the 9th graders to bring snacks so they could have a sort of celebration for the last day. Students were able to share what they learned this year at BLCI as well as interact with each other in a different space, outside. The high school specialist allowed the ninth grade students to go outside and play volleyball as well as promoting team building activities with the students. As I was standing outside watching them play it hit me that the carRead More →

Benito Valez is a 14-year-old 9th grade student from Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) who identifies as Mexican American. Benito was born and raised in Logan Heights and currently attends High Tech High Media Arts, a project based public charter school in Point Loma. He lives in Logan Heights with his mother, older brother, and older sister and enjoys soccer and music such as Hip-Hop and Rap. This interview covered the following topics: community, gentrification, homelessness, activism, family, personal interests, education, and future aspirations. Benito described the effects he has seen due to the increase of gentrification in Barrio Logan. He discussed the large amountRead More →

After discussing possible group project ideas, we concluded that the best option was to create a workshop in which ninth grade students at Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) could design their own vision board. We choose to have them create a vision board because it allowed them to incorporate the photograph that they took during a prior workshop where they went to Chicano Park. It encouraged them to think about where they come from and where they want to go as they continue on their path to higher education. We wanted them to use the vision board as a way to freely express who theyRead More →

The past two Monday’s at BLCI have been dedicated to Financial Literacy workshops ran by a University of San Diego graduate student. The information she provided was not only relevant to the 9th grade students but relevant to me as well. The first Monday of the Financial Literacy workshop the students were able to fill out a worksheet to provide the presenter with some basic information about them. They seemed a little less engage with this part of the workshop however when they were given play-doh and legos as a creative way to answer questions they became more engaged. The second part of the workshopRead More →

My first time at Chicano park was last year during Chicano park day and it quickly became one of my favorite places. Last Thursday I found myself looking at murals that I had never really seen before despite the number of times I had been at the park. The first picture I attached to this post was one of the murals I had not seen before, however it has become one of my favorites because it depicts a Chicano man and I find the message below it empowering as a Chicana. The message reinforces the pride of being ChicanX and rejects immigration. The mural withRead More →

When I first learned about BLCI I was automatically interested in working with them because I related to the students in that I grew up in an underserved community. Another thing I found in common with the students is that they are on their way to being the first in their families to go to college and I am the first in my family to attend college. Working with BLCI I have been able to learn more about the communities of the students they serve as well as the community in which BLCI is located. Working with the ninth grade class at first seemed likeRead More →