Carmen “Mela” Hernandez is a graduate of Barrio Logan College Institute (BLCI). She is The Upward Bound Coordinator at Upward Bound, which is housed in BLCI. As a former student of BLCI, she is a first-generation college student and child of immigrants from Michoacán. She talks about navigating challenges in her academic career, her time attending UCLA, and the beginnings of her professional life. The interview covers cultural differences surrounding college attendance in Mexico and the United States of America, as well as various college prep programs in San Diego. I met her while I was an Alumni Outreach intern at BLCI. I am aRead 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 →

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 →