What is your name?
Vanessa Rodriguez Borrero
What do you do in the community?
I work as a Community Action Coordinator for the Hispanic Alliance and LiveWell Greenville in the BUILD Trust, BUILD Health Project. The primary health aim of Build Trust, Build Health(Fomentar la Confianza, fomentar la Salud) is to reduce disparities of obesity in the White Horse Road Corridor (WHRC) Hispanic youth, mitigating future disparities in chronic disease.
I also have a blog aimed at Hispanic women where I share daily reflections of optimism and hope: Descalza (barefoot) and you can find it on Facebook and Instagram @vdescalza.
What is your country of origin?
What is something that stands out about Puerto Rico?
We are happy and resilient people with so many talents!
What is something that you miss from Puerto Rico?
The beaches and the weather
What is something you wish people knew about Puerto Rico?
Puerto Ricans are known for our warm hospitality, often considered very friendly and expressive to strangers.
Is there something you wish were different about Puerto Rico?
Yes, Puerto Ricans can't vote in the U.S Presidential Elections if we live on the Island, even though we are US citizens. I would love for the people to have a voice and this opportunity that represents our Island where the Policies and Laws are created.
What is your favorite food from Puerto Rico?
Carne mechada y arroz blanco.
What is your favorite song by someone from Puerto Rico?
Preciosa de Mark Anthony
Is there anything else you want to add about Hispanic Heritage Month?
We Hispanics are humble people, hard workers and great spirits. Always look inside yourself and believe that we can do whatever we want, just believe and educate yourself with resources available. Together we can!