“Some of you won’t understand how every word that I use to describe this moment was diligently selected in a way that would properly reflect my intellect.”
THIS. This act of walking on egg shells, meticulously choosing our words and steps defines our lives as Latinxs in academia. We know that in the end, any error or misstep becomes a reflection of all Latinxs. Dealing with these microaggressions makes succeeding in academia even more of a difficult task. It is so much sweeter, however, once we have hurdled over these obstacles and achieved success. Fuerza mi gente!

TIFFANY MARTÍNEZ

My name is Tiffany Martínez. As a McNair Fellow and student scholar, I’ve presented at national conferences in San Francisco, San Diego, and Miami. I have crafted a critical reflection piece that was published in a peer-reviewed journal managed by the Pell Institute for the Study of Higher Education and Council for Opportunity in Education. I have consistently juggled at least two jobs and maintained the status of a full-time student and Dean’s list recipient since my first year at Suffolk University. I have used this past summer to supervise a teen girls empower program and craft a thirty page intensive research project funded by the federal government. As a first generation college student, first generation U.S. citizen, and aspiring professor I have confronted a number of obstacles in order to earn every accomplishment and award I have accumulated. In the face of struggle, I have persevered and continuously produced…

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