Tag Archives: Noemi Ochoa

A Few Good Students

“Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world…,” a quote by Margaret Mead commonly used when a group of ordinary people do extraordinary things.  In this case, it was a group of four high school … Continue reading

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UTPA Students Rally Against Education Cuts and Elimination of Mexican American Studies

On Thursday, March 31, 2011, University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) students participated in a planned walkout, showing solidarity and protesting the proposed budget cuts to public education in South Texas. The reductions in general fund revenues, including scholarships, shifts the … Continue reading

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From Harvest to Harvard

My name is Beatriz Medina; I am currently a freshman at the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) in Edinburg, Texas. I have been a migrant since I was six months old. When my family and I migrated, we would go … Continue reading

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Hispanic Heritage Month Comes to a Close: Fight for Farmworker Children Continues

Since 1988, Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated annually from September 15 through October 15.  This year’s national theme was “Heritage, Diversity, Integrity and Honor: The Renewed Hope of America.” AFOP’s Children in the Fields Campaign joined in the festivities … Continue reading

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Back to School Blues

Never could this saying be truer than to a migrant student. While most students are excited about their new clothes, new backpacks and seeing old and new friends, the majority of migrant students are still laboring in the hot sun from wee hours of the morning until sun down. They miss out on all the fun to be had at the beginning of the school year – not to mention missing out on all of the instruction. In many instances a migrant student does not enroll in school until mid-October; for others, they do not start the school year until much later, like November or December. The life of a migrant family is to pursue seasonal harvests. If the harvest is good, they don’t waiver; they keep on working until there is nothing left to harvest. At the end of the season, they journey back to their home town, only to find out many of the classes the students needed are full to capacity and students have to resort to what is left over. Continue reading

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