Class of 2023
I’m Ana Navidad, a fifth-year transfer student majoring in Sociology and minoring in Education. I was born in Guerrero, Mexico and immigrated to the U.S at the age of three years old. My family decided to leave their homeland and immigrate to the U.S for economic opportunities and to escape poverty and violence. We moved to Oakland, California where I had to navigate a new language, culture, and a new school system. Receiving a public education and higher education in the U.S was important to me and my family because it’s an opportunity that was inaccessible in our Mexican pueblo. Pursuing a higher education as an immigrant, first-gen, and being low income, was the hardest navigation I experienced. I became interested in exploring education policies and practices that impact underrepresented students in higher education. This curiosity led me on the path towards research. I had the opportunity to conduct independent research through the Firebaugh Scholar’s Program and SURF-UROC Program.