Born and raised in Lamont Bakersfield, Vargas moved to Stockton six years ago to attend the University of the Pacific.
It was during a study abroad program at Lima, Peru where Vargas renewed her interest in the public service. Continue reading
Dunne-Ruiz is a retired police officer from Tracy, author of the Blue Mexican, a novel published in 2009 and currently works as English teacher at San Mary`s High School and the San Joaquin Delta College.
What started as a part time job at the Tracy Police Department, for the young Dunne-Ruiz turned into a police career of twenty years.
“I went from a dispatcher to a patrol man, to detective sergeant.”
Medina leaves his Stockton home at four in the morning and heads to Oakland, California; the reason of his routine travel? To start a new day of work at a construction site —of one of the busiest bridges in the country— the new San Francisco’s Bay Bridge. Continue reading
Gina Valadez is the director and founder of Bread of Life — a San Joaquin County food program.
“I printed some flyers early in the morning, passed them around the neighborhood letting people know that we were giving away groceries,” Valadez shared her duties during the morning when Bread of Life started in Stockton back in 2008. “The first time we open our doors, we had 60 people outside our church.” Continue reading
Born in Glendale California, Nicolette “Niki” Smith moved to Stockton at an early age. As an adult, Smith has become strong Latina advocate in the community. She is involved in multiple organizations including the Latina Democratic Club, the Mexican Heritage Center and Gallery, she is an active member of Local Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and works at Head Start. Continue reading
Dr. Noe Mora, once a 10 year old immigrant from Mexico is now Dentist running his own family practice alongside with his wife Dr. Edith Mora in Stockton. Continue reading
CALIFORNIA – At 13 years old, Gretel Quintero came across the border from Mexico to the United States without documentation: her single mother had a dream of a better life for her children. Continue reading
Maria Valdovinos is the instructor of the Ballet Folklorico “Raíces Mexicanas” (roots of Mexico), and a dancer with over fifteen years of experience. Continue reading
Dr. Gene Bigler a visiting professor of International Relations at the University of the Pacific, and retired member of the U.S. Foreign Service; is a passionate man about Latin America’s culture and history. Continue reading
Gabriel Alfaro is an Outreach Educator of Fathers and Families of San Joaquin and is dedicated to help young adults in the community. Continue reading
Born in Guadalajara, México Navarro settled in California when he was 15 years old. Continue reading
“I am Passionate about Change”
Mirna Juárez is the Co-founder of the non-profit GRASSROOTS and a passionate Aztec dancer. Continue reading
Iliana Pérez is a doctoral student at Claremont Graduate University; her story is the voice of millions of undocumented students in the country that fight day by day to accomplish their dreams. Continue reading