Dear future students, For all those that are not history, ethnic studies, or political science majors, this is for you. I am a second year economics major who grew up in a small low-income community, much like the one I was fortunate enough to work with this quarter. I took this class not because I was looking to fulfill one of my major requirements, but because I was intrigued by the fact that it gave me the opportunity to work first-hand with a community partner. As an economics major, a lot of my work is done in the traditional classroom. In my economics classes, IRead More →

Yesterday was my final day volunteering with the ninth grade students at the Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) and after seeing them grow throughout the last two months, I realized just how great these students really are. They taught me so much and I am truly going to miss them. Participating in their workshops was an experience that I am so thankful I was able to experience because interacting with them during the workshops made my time with them that much more meaningful. From these workshops I learned a great deal about myself and the students. One of my favorite activities was our trip toRead More →

Reynaldo Arellano, also known as Rey, born on June 3rd, 2004 in the County of San Diego is a 14 year old male of Mexican-American descent, aspiring to one day graduate from a four year university because he believes it is the first step to a successful career and will allow him to give back to his community. He is currently a 9th grade student who has been a part of the Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) for 3 years. He loves to play volleyball, video games, and hang out with friends whenever he can. I met Rey during my weekly visits to the BarrioRead More →

For the past two weeks, the 9th grade class at the Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) and I have been participating in a financial literacy workshop led by a graduate student from the University of San Diego (USD). Although these workshops are intended specifically for high school students, I have actually learned more than I expected to from them. For example, I learned that it is not only important to save money, but it is also important to have a reason why I save. In other words, it is important to save with the intention of achieving a specific goal. This experience made me realizeRead More →

As a woman of hispanic descent, learning about the history of Chicano Park is always so empowering for me because it reminds me of all the struggles my people have overcome and because it inspires me to fight for what I believe is right. On this trip, my classmate and I were lucky enough to learn about one of the community members favorite mural. We were told that their favorite mural is the “brown image,” or  “the deer dance,” because it represents the life of a chief from infancy to adulthood and illustrates the importance of knowing where one comes from. Through this experience, IRead More →

Working with the ninth grade class at the Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI) has been such a great experience thus far. I have learned so much about the communities that surround UC San Diego, the communities that make the San Diego area what it is today. I also learned that the students who attend BLCI are not all from the Barrio Logan community, some travel upwards to an hour from their high school to get to the Monarch school which is where BLCI is located. It amazes me to see how independent and driven these ninth grade students are. When I first learned that IRead More →