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 →

On May 30th, 2018, I interviewed Bobbie Lizama at the Sons and Daughters of Guam Club in Southeast San Diego. Born in August of 1955 on the island of Guam, Bobbie shares stories of her hometown in the village of Yoña and her upbringing as the eldest of eight siblings. As the responsible eldest child, she knows what each of her family members is up to, even to this day. In the interview, Bobbie also discusses her time in the military. She served in the U.S. Army for five years and continued her working life in civil service, primarily as a human resources specialist. WhileRead More →

The person I interviewed is Anna Obura, one of the Parent Engagement Specialists at the Southern Sudanese Community Center, connected to the East African Community and Cultural Center (pictured).  Anna helps run the tutoring program for newcomer students (elementary to middle school) from places like Tanzania, Sudan and Uganda (to name a few).  The interview took place in the main workroom of the center on Monday morning, May 21.  Anna reflected on the difficult transition for students from the education system in Africa to America, how it is working with parents and students and why she continues doing tutoring and community work.  The interview alsoRead More →

  These are interviews with Awichu Akwanya who is originally from Pakwach, Uganda but currently resides in City Heights, San Diego.  He was born in November of 1974 and migrated to the United States when he was 29 years old, seeking asylum.  Awichu has 23 siblings who are dispersed throughout the world: in London, Uganda, and the Middle East.  An amazing fact about Awichu is that he speaks 9 languages.  In this interview, Awichu discussed his life in Uganda, his journey to America, and his desire to continue with his education and to be reunited with his family. He also spoke about the effects ofRead More →

       Francesca Christine Camacho was born in Tamuning, Guam in 1997 and is currently attending the University of California, Irvine. She graduated high-school from the Academy of Our Lady of Guam and then moved to California in 2015 to pursue higher-education in the field of law. Her parents, Frank Gerard Camacho and Edeine Laguana Camacho, are both of Chamorro descent, which is the Indigenous people of the island of Guam. In this interview, Francesca discusses some social and cultural issues and discrepancies that she has experienced from both living on Guam and in the continental United States. Some of the topics Francesca discussesRead More →