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What is your name?
What do you do in the community?
I am the Faculty Director of Furman University’s Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and a Professor of Spanish. I teach service learning classes for Furman students, primarily our Spanish majors and we work with organizations such as Safe Harbor, Neighborhood Focus and Greenville County School ESL students.
What is your –or your family’s- country of origin?
I was born in the United States but my father was a Chicano from Texas my mother is from Mexico.
What is something that stands out about your culture?
The cultural wealth of Mexico is immeasurable from writers, to architecture, to art and the cuisine, I think that what Mexico has to offer the world is often underestimated.
What is something that you miss from Mexico?
Since my mom is from Mexico and I am an only child, all of my extended family are an important part of our family. Because of the pandemic I haven’t been able to see many of them for over two years and I miss them greatly.
What is something you wish people knew about Mexico?
I think that Mexico is often underestimated in the eyes of US citizens. People often only think of food and beaches, but there is so much to see and experience throughout all of Mexico.
Is there something you wish were different about Mexico?
I wish that there was less violence and that there more economic opportunities for everyone who wanted to succeed to be able to do so.
What is your favorite food from Mexico?
Mexican savory and sweet candy. I love chamois which is pickled apricot in a spicy sweet vinegar. It is something that you only really like if you grew up eating it.
What is your favorite song by someone from Mexico?
Mexico en la Piel by Luis Miguel. It is cheesy but I love the lyrics, his voice and the music.