Hello future Race and Oral History students! I hope you’re excited to take this course, one of the most dynamic, hands-on courses you will take in UCSD. Coming into this course, I did not know what to expect- and that’s the best part, I came with no expectations and left with a fulfilling experience. The most rewarding part of course was the community partnership. This year I was selected to work with the Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI), which is an after-school program for students in the Barrio Logan community to gain leadership skill and prepare for higher education. BLCI’s mission resonates with my personalRead More →

This week marks the final week in the Race and Oral History course. After the readings, excursion, internship, and preparing for the community event, I came to understand how thankful I am for this opportunity. I was able to meet folks within UCSD that taught me a lot about myself and different styles of working with youth. I’m sure I’ve stated this before, but I am a striving educator for youth of color. Barrio Logan College Institute is my first real-world experience in the classroom engaging with the demographic and age group that I intend to teach. In this experience, I learned a great deal.Read More →

Salma Parra is an incoming freshman (2019-20) at University of California, San Diego with the major Public Health. She is interested in the intersections of healthcare and Latinx community as she is planning on pursuing a double major in Chican@ Studies. She identifies as an upcoming first-generation, working-class college student. This interview covers a range of topics surrounding identity, family, higher education, community, and being Mexican-American. These specific topics covered all factor into how she navigates the world and guided her endeavor in pursuing higher education. I met Salma after reading her scholarship application at the Barrio Logan College Institute and I was so inspiredRead More →

This photo was taken when our group put on the workshop “College 101.” In short, the workshop was a major success. We were able to convey the nitty gritty details about college, fun parts about higher education, and answered some questions the students had. We decided that this would be the best approach because the students are predominantly first-generation, working-class students. Since some of us identify with these backgrounds, we felt it would be helpful to share our experiences in a fun and digestable manner. Overall, the students were very receptive to our workshop. Students asked engaging questions and we were able to make themRead More →

Going to Chicano park really brought me back to my hometown and community. In the hour that we had to explore, I was able to see the remnants of resistance, humanity, and growing gentrification. Almost all of the murals I saw were politically charged, which really brought me back to when I grew up in Oakland. The art and graffiti present were always tackling larger systemic inequalities or exuding pride for the location. This type of artivism is unknown to the public because of fear or prejudice against the people(s) living there. One of the things that stood out most to me was the communalRead More →

The first day I entered the facility, I was absolutely entranced by the amount of energy, art, and passion exuding from this one building. I read about the BLCI online and listened to the presentation in class, but they did not do justice to the actual work the folks put in. My first day was unorthodox due to the fact that I did not engage with the students as much. Instead, I reviewed and graded scholarship papers for the graduating seniors. What I did not expect was the gravity of the student’s stories. Their stories were incredibly inspiring as I sifted through each paper IRead More →