Cristina Constantino

Cristina Constantino

Ontario, CA

I came to this country when I started middle school without knowing the language. When I graduated high school there was no financial aid for undocumented students and DACA did not exist. It took me 4 years to transfer to a four-year institution where I received 4 degrees; including Spanish and English Literature. Additionally, I was awarded TheDream.US scholarship that paid for my school. After receiving my undergrad, I was accepted to UC Riverside to pursue a Master of Education with a Spanish Credential. During grad school, I received multiple scholarships from the Graduate School of Education, Undocumented Students Programs, and Chicano Student Programs. These organizations helped me pay for grad school and graduate with no student loans. I am grateful to everyone who made this possible, especially my parents, who left their country for better economic opportunities. As my cap says, “Antes de que nos olviden haremos historia” by the rock band Caifanes, is time to make history and push against the barriers and systems of oppression that are meant to push as down. Let’s use our education to fight for our communities, our friends, our families, and the future of this country, the children.

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