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#thefirsts | Andrea Leon-Grossman

My name is Andrea Leon-Grossman. I immigrated from Mexico in September of 1993, and I am the first in my family to graduate and the first to become an activist. I was fortunate to get a scholarship to go to Art School and graduated with a BFA in 1996. After...

#thefirsts Romelia Mata

“I believe in the power of education and voluntarism, and I owe it all to my mother, who was a single parent and didn’t make it to high school herself. Because of her, and the opportunities opened up to me through DACA, I now proudly serve my community...

#thefirsts – Christian Ucles

In the 2000 election my mother and I became the first in our family to vote in the Iowa Caucus. I was born in Honduras and came to the United States when I was 7 years old. I spent 8 years as an undocumented immigrant. Growing up, we lived in fear, and I saw friends...

Patty Rodriguez – #thefirsts

My name is Patty, Senior Producer for Ryan Seacrest Radio Show, and I am a First. And here is my story: The story behind Lil’ Libros is an example of what happens when the American Dream meets the Latina mother. Two mothers, each raised by Mexican immigrants,...

Howard Hernandez – #thefirsts

“My name is Howard Hernandez and I am a First. I am a native Angelino, one of seven siblings of parents from San Antonio. My father served in the Second World War, and in 1970, at the age of 19, I enlisted in the United States Army. I am a combat Vietnam War...