Lorena Gonzalez, Sonia Valadez, Clayton Haglund For our group project, we were given the task to collect information on the alumni of BLCI. While the other classmates were able to focus their project on the class of students they worked with, we did not have a class to work with and, thus, were given the task of collecting information for BLCI on their alumni. This was a project BLCI had needed to get done for a long time, so it was a great serving opportunity for us. Prior to volunteering for BLCI, I was minimally educated on why BLCI existed and what impact it actuallyRead More →

Milenia Quintero was born in 2000 at the port of Manzanillo, Mexico and immigrated to the United States with her family at the age of two. Upon arriving she had to learn how to navigate the obstacles of being undocumented in the U.S. and simultaneously pursue higher education. She credits her family and community at Barrio Logan and Barrio Logan College Institute for the motivation that led her to attend the University of Southern California and also becoming an immigration rights activist. This interview covered the following topics of immigration, being undocumented in the U.S., academia, financial aid, Barrio Logan, Barrio Logan College Institute, community,Read More →

Dear Future Student, Be proactive. Don’t wait for the professor or the admin in your organization to tell you to do something. Remember that you are here to serve a community, not your grades. As such, place your focus on how to best advance the goals of the community organization. Even if you do not get to work with your top pick of the organizations, know that whoever you are working for is a leader for change in San Diego. You are doing great work and remember to look at the forest from the trees. Who you are working for and what you are doingRead More →

Being Mexican myself made me feel at home when visiting the Chicano Park. Even though I work with the Barrio Logan College Insitute, I have not explored much of the community. Upon driving through, I did not need to wait until Professor Alvarez mentioned the heavy gentrification happening to know about it. The modern apartments, art galleries, coffee shops, and bars were all clear examples of gentrification. However, I was left puzzled by the fact that the workers in Por Vida, one of the coffee shops, and a brewery in the area were Latinx themselves. Later that day I spoke with a good friend ofRead More →