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Local latinas talk hurdles they overcame in honor of Dolores Hurta Day

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Local latinas talk hurdles they overcame in honor of Dolores Hurta Day

(From far left to right) Amber Tovar, Isabel Bravo, Rosa Lopez, and Olivia Garcia discussing at the roundtable led by BC’s Latinas Unidas Club titled, “Navigating Higher Education” on April 10.

(From far left to right) Amber Tovar, Isabel Bravo, Rosa Lopez, and Olivia Garcia discussing at the roundtable led by BC’s Latinas Unidas Club titled, “Navigating Higher Education” on April 10.

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(From far left to right) Amber Tovar, Isabel Bravo, Rosa Lopez, and Olivia Garcia discussing at the roundtable led by BC’s Latinas Unidas Club titled, “Navigating Higher Education” on April 10.

Haley Duval

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(From far left to right) Amber Tovar, Isabel Bravo, Rosa Lopez, and Olivia Garcia discussing at the roundtable led by BC’s Latinas Unidas Club titled, “Navigating Higher Education” on April 10.

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As part of Dolores Huerta Day at Bakersfield College, the Levan Center hosted a roundtable discussion led by BC’s Latinas Unidas Club titled, “Navigating Higher Education” on April 10.

Brenda Valdez, Communication and faculty advisor for Latinas Unidas, gave thanks to Imelda Valdez and the Catalyst Grant before introducing the club members and mentioned their achievements thus far.

“Today we are here to celebrate Dolores Huerta Day and what best way to do it with a Latina panel discussion,” she said.

The deliberation, open to the public, featured five educated Latina women in Kern County who work in various fields.

Members of BC’s Latinas Unidas asked the panelists questions about their educational struggles and advice on how they got to their current positions.

Olivia Garcia, a history professor at BC, was among one of the women on the panel.

In response to the question, Garcia talked about her educational journey.

While attending South High School, Garcia said she wasn’t sure about attending college until “a professor actually saw something in me that I didn’t see.”

As a first-generation student, Garcia attended BC and earned an Associate’s Degree in journalism. 

She then attended Fresno State and said it was hard leaving home and stepping out of her comfort zone. 

After graduating with a B.A. in journalism, Garcia was a reporter and editor for the Bakersfield Californian and went on to get her masters in history.

Another question asked by one of the Latinas Unidas club members was, “which hardships did you face navigating higher education both as Latinas and as women?”

Rosa Lopez, community engagement and policy advocate for the ACLU Southern California chapter spoke about navigating through higher education.

Lopez said she migrated to the U.S. as a young girl with her parents who did not speak English.

She said a high school counselor for the migrant program helped her with the college application hurdle.

Lopez said growing up it was hard for her parents to accept her going away to college because she looked after her younger siblings.

“At first it was kind of they felt that I was abandoning them, like I was just leaving them and the family,” she said.

Amber Tovar, a Lawyer for the United Farm Workers Foundation, said one hardship she faced was “finding people who were in the same situation as me, that looked like me.”

Members of the Bakersfield College’s Latinas Unidas Club introducing themselves during Dolores Huerta Day at Bakersfield College in the Levan Center, on April 8.

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One Response to “Local latinas talk hurdles they overcame in honor of Dolores Hurta Day”

  1. Jesse Rojas on April 26th, 2019 10:27 pm

    It is important that credible people get a day of remembrance, but in this case Bakersfield College, Bakersfield College Latinas Unidas Club, and Prof. Olivia Garcia should rethink who they are commemorating: Dolores Huerta may seem as a noble humanitarian, but she is more than capable of silencing others to get her way. Dolores Huerta literally blocks a farmworker from approaching the then Governor of California, from expressing grievances against Dolores Huerta’s co-founded United Farm Workers union (UFW). She and her elites at the UFW spent the last five years trying to force farmworkers into a despicable contract which announced farmworkers would receive less pay, stripped them of their right to vote, and protest. It took going to the Fifth District Court of Appeals and the California Supreme Court to compel a vote count! The outcome was against the UFW, six to one. As if that wasn’t enough, a judge ordered the UFW to pay almost $2 million in back pay and penalties. The UFW also has been exposed for decades of their anti LGBTQ and sexual harassment cases. The UFW is not an organization for equality or to disseminate a resolution for the discriminated, just as Dolores Huerta is no “civil rights activist” or “labor leader”, for an activist/leader does not bully or suppress voices from being heard. Her message is rouding and spreads hate, which is truly un-American. You can watch Dolores Huerta’s oppressive behavior and learn more about the UFW’s extortion and disgraceful acts at the links below:
    https://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/capitol-alert-article27549184.html
    https://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ufw-dues-20170912-story.html
    http://pickjustice.com

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