Inez Adilene Tapia, 30’s
Current Role: Teacher
What racial, ethnic, cultural community or communities do you identify with?
When and how did your family come to the United States? Where were you born?
My parents crossed the border (Tijuana-San Diego) by car in 1989. I was born in Los Angeles, California.
What are the strengths and challenges of being Mexican?
Unity - Knowing that my family will be there to guide, support, and love me through my journey.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Being the first in my family to graduate with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.
What is one thing you learned or appreciate from your family growing up?
At a very young age, I learned to appreciate everything my parents did for my siblings and I. They worked hard to make sure we had everything we needed - a home, food, etc. My parents sacrificed many things for my brother, sister and me.
Do you speak your family's native language? Why or why not?
Yes - My parents’ parents told me to speak English at school and Spanish at home, so I would not lose it. My parents always spoke about the importance of speaking the Spanish language.
What advice do you have for the younger generations in your Mexican community?
Stay informed about the issues that are happening in your community. Think about what you can do to become an ally with other communities to stand for justice. We all have gifts to offer, find your passion and work towards making a change.
What gives you the greatest joy in life?
Taking care of my family. My family worked hard to give my siblings and I what we needed. Thanks to them, I was able to go onto higher education and become the person I am today.
Are there any projects you have created that you'd like to share and promote?
Working towards creating a scholarship. More information will be provided soon!
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Inez Adilene Tapia
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