Voices

Whether you call yourself Latino, Hispanic, Latinx, Latine or by any other term, the contributions made by our community are as rich and varied as our personal stories. Below we share some perspectives about what it means to be Latino in the United States.

Cristina Ruiz

"It’s time to recognize that your story is important. Be proud of yourself, be proud of your history."
Cristina Ruiz
Anthropology Student
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Cristina Ruiz

Armando Manzanares

"We as a [Latino] population are at the pinnacle of being recognized and acknowledged in American society."
Armando Manzanares
Diversity & Inclusion Advocate
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Armando Manzanares

Magdaleno Rose-Avila

"To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month is to celebrate your neighbor, to celebrate your abuelitos, to celebrate people who have a part of our culture."
Magdaleno Rose-Avila
Civil Rights Activist
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Magdaleno Rose-Avila

Ariel Fernandez-Diaz

"The contributions of Latinos into the Jazz scene back in the 50's, creation of Latin Jazz... the contributions they made on the music scene have changed the course of music forever."
Ariel Fernandez-Diaz
DJ and Promoter of Afro-Cuban Culture
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Elijah Romero

"A lot of people tell me I have a really cool mix of like Mexican, Irish, Colombian... America needs diversity in order to be America."
Elijah Romero
9th Grader
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Irina Borló Rodriguez

"We have good music. Music from Spain and from Africa, that you also mix, and you get what we know as boleros, cumbia, salsa, tango, that's what being Latino means."
Irina Borló Rodriguez
Special Education Teacher
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