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Latina South

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Latina South podcast welcomes friendly conversations with Latina women who live, work and play throughout the American South. We'll learn about what Latinas are creating and how they are making good things happen for their families, businesses and communities. We'll enjoy some savory bits of wisdom … read more


Janine Cabrera-Velde on Education, her Latina Roots, and her Time at Harvard | Ep. 6

“My Latina identity is grounded in everything that I do. My parents always infused in me…you’ve got to really know your roots, you’ve got to know where you came from and that’s something that you can never forget” – Janine Cabrera-Velde


Janine talks about her Latina background with roots from both El Salvador and Bolivia and being the daughter of immigrants. She also talks about the two sides of growing up in Stone Mountain, Georgia – both the positive diversity of cultures and the negative impact of white flight. She clarifies what she means when she says, “Harvard needs us more than we need Harvard to be successful.” Education is a tool and it should not define you or your identity, it should help you do things that are meaningful for you. (7:10)


She talks about her time at Harvard University, feeling out of place and finding comfort in connecting with campus workers. She was inspired to create an award-winning tutoring program for their children while also building community. She also talks about finding the entrepreneurial spark from the hustle and grind of hard-working father, mother, and brother – also inspiring her to take a risk with an administrative fellowship where she created learning opportunities for those working in the trades. (10:58)


Janine describes how love and family led her back home to Georgia and her work at Emory. She shares her mother’s dicho “Educacion es la unica manera de sobresalir” and talks about her personal educational experience and how that highlighted educational disparities and differences in access to resources. Adela and Janine talk about the pros and cons of Charter Schools and how they create competition effecting some schools to increase educational standards and options for students. She talks about how she gives back now by serving on the governing board of her former high school, Chamblee Charter in DeKalb County, Georgia, and her experience as a mentor. (18:40)


Janine’s words of wisdom as a Latina leader: question expectations of what you should be and become the person you want to be. She also emphasizes the importance of taking risks and using education as a tool. (28:00)


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