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Hispanic Outreach & Community Support

STUDENTS

Gael Noriega

Major: Computer Systems Information. 
Intended/Dream Career: Information Technology support staff. 
Country of Origin/Ancestry: Juarez, Mexico.

What does your heritage me to you?:
What my heritage means to me is where I come from, as my heritage is a reminder my past is not like anyone else. Also, no two people have the same heritage which further emphasizes the uniqueness of my heritage. Additionally, many people may be ashamed of their heritage as it may not be something they are proud of. However, I would encourage those who are ashamed of their heritage to embrace it as their heritage can make them stand out from the rest and make them unique.

Gael Noriega

Vanessa Delara

Major: Engineering Technology
Intended career: Civil Engineer 
Country of Origin/Ancestry: Mexico 

What does your heritage me to you?:
My heritage is a huge part of who I am and how I grew up. Both of my parents being Hispanic influenced me heavily, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Not only did I get to experience a great culture but I got to learn all the great things along with it, like the language. It’s beautiful to see children grow up and not forget their roots. Being bilingual will always tie me to my culture. My heritage means so much to me, I’m very proud to be Latina!

Vanessa Delara

Lourdes Ponce

Major: Horticulture Greenhouse and Nursery
Intended Dream/Career: To own my own greenhouse and nursery one day. 
Country of Origin/Ancestry: Aguascalientes, Mexico

What does your heritage mean to you?
The most important part of being a Mexican student in the US is being bilingual. Knowing two languages is essential because I have to speak english at school and speak spanish at home so that my parents understand. Being bilingual is important to me because it has made me successful over time. I have come across strangers who will come to me just so I can translate. I have been translating for my mom since I learned how to speak english. Knowing both english and spanish is something I would want generations after me to learn.

Lourdes Ponce

Yostin Mendoza 

Major: Biology
Intended/Dream career: become a plastic surgeon
Country of Origin/Ancestry: I was born and raised in Mexico, so I kind of consider myself strongly rooted to my culture.

What does heritage mean to you?
For me, heritage is like a language, only certain people can understand it's beauty in all it's nature. Heritage is the only way of leaving footprints of what once was part of us. Yet, it will still be part of others, it never goes away.

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Yostin Mendoza

Daysy Sierra

Major: Crime scene investigator
Country of Origin/Ancestry: Cd.Juarez, Chihuahua

What Does Your Heritage Mean to You?:
My heritage has been everything that I knew as a child, and I have come to be proud of it. From it, I learned the mouthwatering foods that my mom prepares for me every day. Being able to appreciate the magnificent architecture of towns from my motherland. I could live somewhere miles away from home, but I can never forget about the cold mornings, sitting down, drinking my warm coffee cup while my grandfather told me his wonderful stories about his past. How every morning, my grandma would have my sandwich ready for me to take while my cousin walked me to school, and the tamalera patiently waited for me. Learning about how my family members lived and what they went through and sacrifices keep me motivated to finish school and accomplish my dreams.

Daysy Sierra

Stephanie Corral

Major: Enterprise Development
Intended/Dream Career: Orthopedic Surgeon
Country of Origin/Ancestry: Mexico/Mexican 

What Does Your Heritage Mean to You?:
To me heritage means to stand up for our people. People that share our backgrounds. It is to represent our community and culture. To speak for all those who are silent. To fight for the dreams of those who came before us and will come after us. The ability to make history in the family and offer something better to those who are yet to come. It is representative of who we are and the thirst to want better. Work to be better. To fight for more. To get the job done.

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Stephanie Corral

Lizett Velasco

Major: Rad Tech
Intended/Dream Career: Physical Therapist or Ultrasound Technician
Country of Origin/Ancestry: Aguascalientes, Mexico

What Does Your Heritage Mean to You?:
When I think of what heritage means to me, the first thing I think about is how joyful the environment is around all those that unite from being from one place from where our ancestors have come from. The value of heritage is very big, it's the basic roots of who we are. In my opinion I think about my heritage by their cheerful music, food, and much more that all make us who we are today.


Shayla Giron Quiche

Major: Nursing
Intended/Dream Career: Physician's Assistant in Dermatology
Country of Origin/Ancestry: San Antonio Sacatepequez, Guatemala

What Does Your Heritage Mean to You?: Heritage to me means the family where I come from. Heritage is a reminder of what my family has been through and how different they lived before coming to America. Heritage is what pushes me to do better and to be the best version of myself, it reminds me of how different things could be and how different my family used to live. Being apart of my culture has brought me to strive for success for my people and to fight for them. Heritage is something I have come to know and love since i was a child. 


Leslie Flores

Major: Cardiovascular Sonography
Intended/Dream Career: Diagnotistic Sonographer 
Country of Origin/Ancestry: Mexico

What Does Your Heritage Mean to You?: To me, heritage means everything. It makes me who I am, and I think that’s something very beautiful. When I was younger I used to shy away from saying or talking about my ancestry because I didn’t think that it was interesting at all, but as I was getting older I came to realize that being Mexican was the best part of me because it made me different. Having pride in who you are brings you to your full potential and it opens you up to so many opportunities, friendships, and of course GREAT food. My name is Leslie, and that is my piece :)


Aleyda Ibarra

Major: Technical Spanish - Legal Interpretation
Intended/Dream Career: Psychology 
Country of Origin/Ancestry: San Luis Potosi, Mexico 

What Does Your Heritage Mean to You?: To me, my heritage means everything. It is my legacy and what keeps me united to those ancestors that landed on our precious land before me. My heritage defines who I am and where I come from. My roots, beliefs, and traditions. My heritage is what makes me unique and authentic. But more importantly, my heritage means the future to me. It is what I will leave behind for future generations, just like my grandparents and parents did and continue to doMy heritage is beautiful and something to be extremally proud of, and it deserves to be carried on forever 


STAFF

Ana Escobar-Diaz

Role & Department: Upward Bound Academic Counselor 
Connect with me: anace@okstate.edu, (405) 945-8626, Science Building 110
Country of Origin/Ancestry: Aguascalientes, Mexico 

What does your heritage mean to you? 
When I think of my heritage, I think of vibrant colors, the music, the values, the traditions, the amazing food, and the warm embrace of my people. My heritage is a constant reminder of all those who came before me, clearing the path so that I could be here today.

Ana Escobar-Diaz

Ruby Perez

Role & Department: Scholarship Specialist, Financial Aid Office
Connect with me: perezr@okstate.edu ; 405-945-8641; Student Center, Ste 100.
Country of Origin/Ancestry: Mexican-American

What does your heritage mean to you? 
My heritage is a reminder of what all my ancestors have accomplished during their time. If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be where I am today. It is a reminder to always be strong and stand up for myself as they once did. It means to work hard and never give up on my dreams. It is remembering that even on our worse day, we have come a long way from where they once were.  I am a proud Mexican American thanks to them. To make my future kids, grandkids, and so forth proud of who I am or will be for them. To keep the chain going and keep breaking any barriers that our generations have/will have just like my ancestors have done. To have pave a better future for our future generations to come.

Ruby Perez

Yajayra Perez

Role & Department: Campus Events & Wellness Support Coordinator
Connect with me: Yajayra@okstate.edu 409-945-3287, 3rd floor Student Center Room 312
Country of Origin/Ancestry: Mexican American

What does your heritage mean to you? 
Being Mexican American to me means that I am strong, independent and have the wiliness to never give up in a fight. Like many my family came to the U.S. for better life. From our great grandparents, grandparents, and my own parents my siblings and I were taught that we had to work twice as hard to be equal. We learned that it might not be our generation but with hard work and perseverance the next generation will get a chance to start at an even playing field. My heritage makes me proud to be Mexican American and to be part of something bigger than myself. I am part of breaking generational poverty, struggles, stereotypes and much more just like the generations before me. My heritage means hope for people just like me.

Yajayra Perez

Kenia Hernandez-Ceja

Role & Department: Project SOAR, Office Specialist
Connect with me: kenhern@okstate.edu, (405)945-8627, SC240
Country of Origin/Ancestry: Mexico

To me heritage means taking pride of where my family and I come from. Whether it be practicing the language in my everyday life to celebrating Mexico’s national holidays like, El Dia de Los Muertos, which translates to the Day of the Dead which we remember and celebrate the family members that have passed.

Kenia Hernandez-Ceja

Daniel Giner

Role and department: Recruitment Specialist/Hispanic Outreach
Connect with me @: (daniel.giner@okstate.edu | 405-945-3322 | Student Center 1st Floor R198
Country of origin: Mexico; Delicias, Chihuahua MX 

What does heritage meant to you? 
Heritage to me represents and embodies our culture, our roots, traditions, and generations that came before me.

Daniel Giner

Jennifer Hernandez

Role and department: Academic Advisor
Connect with me jhern19@okstate.edu | Student Center 1st Floor SC140
Country of Origin/Ancestry: Mexico

What does heritage meant to you? 
Our traditions and values- to constantly uplift others who face the similar struggles.

Jennifer Hernandez

Coral Rewasiewicz

Role and department: Student Development Coordinator, Office of Student Engagement
Connect with me: coralr@okstate.edu | 405.945.6796 | Student Center, 1st Floor 182 
Country of Origin/Ancestry: USA-Corozal, Puerto Rico 

What does heritage mean to you?
Heritage, to me, means solidarity within our community and taking pride in our home. We just recently hit the three-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, a storm that devastated the island where I was born and grew up, the island where my family still – thankfully – lives. In the months without power and water, neighbors helped each other survive and rebuild, help call their family members on the mainland via satellite phones, help love one another when they didn’t have anything else. Long before blue tarps were peppered between palm trees, my heritage was, and still is, in the music and food of the island, in the miniscule coqui frog with a powerhouse call, in the bioluminescent waters every new moon, in the petals of the Poinciana trees, in the ‘wepa!’s called out in happiness (if you know, you know), and in our history. We may be a small island, but we have a big presence and should never be taken for granted. 

Coral Rewasiewicz

 

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Please contact the Coordinator of Student Development, Coral Rewasiewicz, at coralr@okstate.edu with the subject ‘community page feature’.

What Heritage Means to You